Bil­liat now sec­ond prized as­set at Mamelodi Sun­downs

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ZIM­BABWE in­ter­na­tional, Khama Bil­liat, has been over­taken by de­fender and Mamelodi Sun­downs team­mate Anele Ng­con­gca as the Absa Premier­ship’s most prized as­set.

Ac­cord­ing to Trans­fer­mar­ket South Africa, Bil­liat is now sec­ond in terms of value to Ng­con­gca.

Bil­liat is now worth an es­ti­mated £1.28 mil­lion (R22.3 mil­lion) com­pared to Ng­con­gca’s £1.7 mil­lion (R29.8 mil­lion).

Bernard Parker is third at a value of £808 000 (R14.1 mil­lion). Goal­keeper Itume­leng Khune (R12.6 mil­lion) and New Zealand in­ter­na­tional Jeremy Brockie (R14.1 mil­lion) com­plete the top five.

Ng­con­gca joined Sun­downs in Septem­ber from Bel­gian club Genk where he spent nine years and holds the record for most all-time ap­pear­ances.

He won the league with Genk in the 2010/11 Bel­gian sea­son and played in both the Uefa Champions League and Uefa Europa League with the club.

Bil­liat has been in breath­tak­ing form in the Absa Premier­ship since join­ing “Abafana Bestyle” from Ajax Cape Town in 2013.

The right-footed striker be­came the first Zim­bab­wean in the South African PSL to pro­vide 20 as­sists in one sea­son, while also scor­ing 13 league goals.

The War­riors’ tal­is­man stole the show at the 2015/16 PSL Awards when he swept vir­tu­ally all in­di­vid­ual hon­ours on of­fer.

He scooped the top two awards; foot­baller of the sea­son and Absa Premier­ship play­ers’ player of the sea­son. He also took home the mid­fielder of the sea­son award.

So great has been his form that Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba drooled that he needed a player of Bil­liat’s cal­i­bre in his squad to solve his coun­try’s goal-scor­ing prob­lems af­ter a 1-1 draw against Mau­ri­ta­nia.

Bil­liat has played five games and scored three times in the Caf Champions League.

He will be hop­ing to carve his name in his­tory as the first Zim­bab­wean to win the Caf Champions League when Sun­downs meets Egypt’s Za­malek in the fi­nal, whose first leg is in Pre­to­ria on Satur­day and the re­turn leg in the North African coun­try a week later.

Khama Bil­liat

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