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.