Sundowns star Khama Billiat wary of Zamalek threat
Khama Billiat might have not come up against Egyptian giants Zamalek before but he knows all too well the threat of the north Africans and the importance for Mamelodi Sundowns to overcome them in their African Champions League clash on Sunday.
The Sundowns forward can expect to be targetted in Cairo as he is a known threat having been causing damage to opposing defences in the last 12 months, and he is under no illusions as to the task at hand.
“They are not an easy team to play against, especially when you play them away,” he said. “They can run and they can give you a hard time because they press.
“They just want to keep the ball the whole time, but I think we have heard everything from the coaches to understand that this is a different game, different team and a very strong side that we are facing, which means we need to be aware and understand the challenge, yet not give them too much of respect.”
In a game that is likely to provide few chances, Billiat knows Sundowns will have to capitalise on their opportuities. And he recognises that a victory will give them an excellent chance of finishing top of their pool.
“It’s very crucial for us to finish on top so we just need to win our games and make sure that we finish on a high as it will give us the advantage to get the second placed team from the other group,” he says.
Pitso: We Worked On Khama For Five Years :
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Mamelodi Sundowns head coach, Pitso Mosimane has commended Khama Billiat for his maturity as a football player.
Speaking to the media after Sundowns’ 1-0 win against Golden Arrows in the week, Mosimane explained how players have developed and matured at Sundowns, making extra mention of Percy Tau, Bongani Zungu, Keagan Dolly and Billiat.
The head coach added that many players need time to adjust when coming in to the club, although having worked with the likes of Dolly, Khama and Zungu at a young age, the trio were able to find a career abroad.
Mosimane then went on to say that Billiat has matured as a player and even at 28-years of age, he’s still performing at his best.
“Khama came to us when he was 23 and the level he is right now you can see he has matured he is a very good player, we worked on him for five years,” Mosimane told the media.
Billiat has seen a bright start with Kaizer Chiefs this season, having already scored five goals in all competitions since joining up with the Soweto giants ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
Source : SL
Pitso Mosimane green over Khama Billiat and Leonardo Castro combination at Kaizer Chiefs :
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Posted: 30 August 2018 Time: 20:30
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has admitted to feeling “jealous” at the sight of his former strikers Khama Billiat and Leonardo Castro delivering for Kaizer Chiefs.
Chiefs are reaping the fruits of reuniting the pair that played a pivotal part in The Brazilians’ success in the 2015/16 domestic campaign as well as the 2016 CAF Champions League.
Billiat arrived at Naturena in July, joining Castro who arrived six months prior, and the two forwards have each already contributed three goals and two assists in their seven games together.
Mosimane, whose side have failed to score in their last four matches in all competitions, has since admitted envy of the way the two have rekindled their combination formed at Chloorkop.
“It’s obvious, I am jealous when I see them combining well and scoring goals. I’m a human being, so why not,” said Mosimane.
“That’s a cut and paste story there. I’ve worked hard on that combination, I think three or four years, and all that’s coming is exactly what used to happen before [at Sundowns].
“The only thing left is Keagan [Dolly] on the left, and then it’s a complete ‘CBD’. But the two of them up front used to combine well and that’s when we scored 53 goals for 71 points.
“We won the Telkom Knockout, CAF Champions League and Absa Premiership, it’s unbelievable. But reality is that you have to move on, isn’t it?”
‘Jingles’ quickly drew inspiration from teams such as Barcelona and Real Madrid, who have also had to rebuild following the parting of former key combinations, and assures he will soon recreate one that will work for Masandawana.
“It’s the way it is, you can never cry about Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole’s combination at Manchester United, it’s done. That’s the beauty of football, that everything comes to an end,” he added.
“So I have to start another combination. Yes, it’s not easy, you can see that I’m struggling a little bit to get it right. But, with time, I’ll get it right.
“What’s important is to create the chances, and we are creating the chances. But we have moved on from that, and I think it’s the same that Barcelona will tell you when they had Neymar, [Luis] Suarez and [Lionel] Messi – they were in the UEFA Champions League final.
“In fact, they were winning it, and they haven’t won it for the last three years. They haven’t seen the trophy for the last three years because that combination is not there, but they keep moving. Same with Real Madrid, it’s the same with us.
“It’s a challenge, yes. We don’t hide it. It’s there, you can see it. Give me time, I’ll find the combination. It’s not easy, but that’s my job as a coach it is to find that combination.”
Kaizer Chiefs sign Billiat and two others
Kaizer Chiefs have announced the signing of Mamelodi Sundowns star Khama Billiat as well as Letlhogonolo Mirwa and Andriamirado Andrianarimanana.
Billiat’s deal at Chloorkop was set to expire at the end of June and speculation was rife about his future under Brazilians coach Pitso Mosimane.
However, it has since been confirmed that the Zimbabwe international has signed a deal with Chiefs, although the terms were not disclosed.
Meanwhile, Mirwa was a talent spotted in the ABC Motsepe League, whereas Andrianarimanana is a Madagascar international who was Player of the Tournament at the recent COSAFA Cup in South Africa.
Chiefs’ official Twitter account stated: “So much speculation, so many rumours, yes Amakhosi Faithful, our Family is expanding!
“We want to confirm the signing of Khama Billiat, Letlhogonolo Mirwa and Andriamirado Andrianarimanana. Welcome to the Amakhosi Family!”
Source: SAbreaking news