Amakhosi si­lences crit­ics with khama snatch

African Times - - Front Page - MASHUDU SADIKE

Af­ter months of spec­u­la­tion about Khama Bil­liat’s fu­ture and where he would be ap­ply­ing his skills next sea­son, Kaizer Chiefs has since con­firmed that it has scooped up the player from reign­ing cham­pi­ons Mamelodi Sun­downs.

Bil­liat’s snatch by the Glam­our Boys has set tongues wag­ging amid talks of be­ing ear­marked by var­i­ous clubs lo­cally and abroad. How­ever it was Amakhosi that dug deep in their pock­ets to se­cure the Zim­bab­wean tal­is­man.

Bil­liat must have opted for green pas­tures with the Glam­our Boys as Sun­downs were will­ing to take his an­nual salary to R6 mil­lion to keep him on their books. Sadly for the Premier Soc­cer League (PSL) Cham­pi­ons, Bil­liat went with the high­est bid­der for his soc­cer prow­ess. He should feel at ease when he re­unites with for­mer Downs team­mate, Leonardo Cas­tro.

Af­ter be­ing crit­i­cised for lack of ac­tion in the trans­fer mar­ket, Amakhosi fi­nally con­firmed two other sign­ings, with Bil­liat’s sign­ing be­ing seen as one of the big­gest scoops of the 2018/19 pre-sea­son.

Mada­gas­car mid­fielder An­dri­ami­rado Hasina An­dri­a­na­ri­manana (27), de­fender Letl­hogonolo Mirwa, who was poached from ABC Mot­sepe League team, Buya Msuthu FC are new ad­di­tions to the Amakhosi fam­ily. Bil­liat and Mirwa have signed three-year deals and An­dri­a­na­ri­manana a two-year con­tract.

Pres­sure is on An­dri­a­na­ri­manana, the at­tack­ing mid­fielder was named player of the tour­na­ment at the re­cent COSAFA Cup in Polok­wane, Lim­popo. He is ex­pected to hit the ground run­ning.

Chiefs had to bol­ster the left back po­si­tion with Mirwa af­ter re­leas­ing Tsepo Masilela and Sibu­siso Khu­malo. The club has also con­firmed the loss of goal stop­per Bril­liant Khuzwayo, who joined Or­lando Pirates in the off-sea­son. Mid­field­ers Kea­gan Buchanan, Wil­liam Twala and Ed­more Chi­ram­badare have also left Na­turena.

Chiefs also an­nounced on Mon­day that they have se­cured services of Namib­ian goal­keeper Vir­gil Vries on a three-year con­tract. The 29-year-old goal­keeper is ef­fec­tively a re­place­ment for Bril­liant Khuzwayo.

But Chiefs are far from done in the trans­fer mar­ket as ru­mours are rife that they are still at­tempt­ing to sign Zim­bab­wean Mosa Le­busa of Baroka FC and rel­e­gated Ajax Cape Town.

How­ever the club’s fans are won­der­ing who will coach the team next sea­son since the res­ig­na­tion of for­mer coach Steve Kom­phela two months ago. It seems the club is still far from get­ting a new coach but ac­cord­ing to Kaizer Chiefs’ man­ager Bobby Mo­taung, the club will an­nounce their new coach soon.

Mean­while PSL Cham­pi­ons also re­cently an­nounced the sen­sa­tional cap­ture of Andile Jali amid much hype and stern com­pe­ti­tion from sev­eral teams lo­cally.

Chiefs, Pirates and Sun­downs were all heav­ily touted to sign the 28-year-old tough-tack­ling mid­fielder, but it was Sun­downs who showed off their fi­nan­cial mus­cle as they com­pleted an im­pres­sive swoop.

Jali has been ar­guably the most sought-af­ter player of the trans­fer win­dow as he re­cently parted ways with his for­mer club KV Oost­ede from Bel­gium to join Sun­downs on a five-year deal.

Kaizer Chiefs will play their first of­fi­cial pre-sea­son match against Mamelodi Sun­downs in the Shell Cup on 21 July and are ex­pected to have a new coach by then.

Kaizer Chiefs have con­firmed that they have scooped up the Khama Bil­liat’s services from reign­ing Cham­pi­ons Mamelodi Sun­downs.

Vir­gil Vries

Andile Jali

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