Amakhosi silences critics with khama snatch
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.