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Khama Billiat: Overrated, Confused or Wrong League?

Harare – Reports emanating from South Africa, linking Sundowns showman Khama Billiat with a possible tenure at Kaizer Chiefs have opened a ...

Harare – Reports emanating from South Africa, linking Sundowns showman Khama Billiat with a possible tenure at Kaizer Chiefs have opened a Pandora box – questioning if the player has received the right counsel to reach his full potential.

Since his arrival at Chlooorkop – in 2013 from Ajax Cape Town, he had a blueprint of promise all over his meticulous moves. Few anticipated his stay in Pretoria to last until this day – yet the diminutive Zimbabwean export, whom defenders loath to confront is still stuck in South Africa's soccer pitches.

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At 27 – and now at his pinnacle – a possible move to Naturena will be a final dearth to his once promising career. His former partner at Aces Academy in Harare – Knowledge Musona has had his say in the European league, but Billiat remains a dormant but yet talented player, who can match the world's best.   

Soccer Laduma sources reveal that Billiat has been offered a pre-contract, meaning his to Amakhosi could transpire soon, sealing his fate in the South African soccer league. If the deal sails through, he could join as a free agent as his current deal at Masandawana expires in June 2018. 

Recently, respected coach, Muhsin Ertugral has noted the deteriorating standards within the Absa Premiership. 
Where to Now Khama Billiat?

“In that side in Europe, it’s a different world out there. When I came first in 1999 to this country (SA), it was totally different football that was played. So, it’s getting more worse,” Ertugral said. 

He continued, “I feel like sometimes coming back here it’s like the highways, you can’t follow the cars. Precision is more important. Players are getting so much money in this country they don’t know what to do with it. And they want to play in Europe, who is going to take you there?”

The famed mentor who facilitated a move for former Cape Town City captain Lebogang Manyama to Turkish side Konyaspor  – sadly the player has become a bench warmer. 

“The coach tells me, ‘What is this’? Guys, out there is not easy, tell me one South African player that plays in the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, Italy or in the German Bundesliga — we need to ask ourselves why not? In the 90s I don’t know how many? These are questions that need to be asked,”charged the temperamental coach in a heated interview recently. 

But it is not all gloom, according to the highly-rated manager. 

“I’m still on the FIFA technical committee and that’s what we are discussing every time,” he continued. “In the end, what we are going to present to the coaches that they are going to do? 

“In South Africa, it’s like you’re going to the primary school, to the university. I just spoke to a friend of mine from Freiburg, he’s the head of the academy at Freiburg. He said to me once a week the players must do a presentation on a topic.”

ZIFA technical director Wilson Mutekede had a caution regarding the Absa Premiership.

“When you are a coach you need problem solvers on the field of play and we don’t seem to see a lot of that in our players because they do not communicate as much as is needed. During my time at Twalumba we would place the players in groups every Monday to review our previous games and get them to give their own input,” Mutekede said.

With an array of players dotted in the Absa Premiership, most are satisfied with ending their careers there.

“There is an element of contentment than the hunger to do more on the field of play. When somebody goes to South Africa the dream to do more fades away and the hunger to go and play in Europe is lost in the bright lights of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pretoria.

“We also have a challenge where South Africa is quickly plucking some budding players from here before they have even advanced their careers. While we always live for money the duty of coaches should also be to educate players. We should also look at aiming for the bigger picture and Muhsin’s comments should be taken as an eye opener although some pundits might not agree with him,’’opined Mutekede to the Herald.

Thomas Chideu at Golden Arrows and SuperSport United Prince Dube could endure Billiat's fate before they explode into real stardom. 

With accolades to show for his tenure in South Africa - including two premiership gongs and the 2016 CAF Champions League - Billiat should have made his move then and not now. 

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