JOHANNESBURG, June 22 – Amakhosi have on Friday confirmed the signing of Khama Billiat, Letlhogonolo Mirwa and Andriamirado Andrianarimanana.
Kaizer Chiefs have not covered themselves in glory in the transfer market over the past few years, and as such, the imminent arrival of Khama Billiat from Mamelodi Sundowns would be a huge scoop for the club.
Billiat’s future has been the subject of much speculation for months, the Zimbabwean international having refused to extend his contract at Sundowns.
The former PSL Player of the Season won three league titles with Masandawana as well as the CAF Champions League title in 2016, but could not settle on a new deal with the Pretoria club.
He appeared to have a couple of options open overseas and in North Africa, but according to several unconfirmed reports on Friday, the 27-year-old is going to make Naturena his new home.
Chiefs’ last signing from Sundowns, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, also came in as a free agent two years ago and has proved a success in the Chiefs defence.
But too many other signings during former coach Steve Komphela’s reign – often little-known players from the African continent, or PSL journeymen with not too much to boast about on their CV’s, failed to make an impact with the Soweto outfit and many of them have already been shipped out.
This won’t be the case though with the 27-year-old Billiat, a proven goal-scorer and match winner who has been in the PSL since 2011 after debuting for Ajax Cape Town, whom he joined from Zimbabwean giants Caps United.
While Amakhosi won’t have to pay a transfer fee, it’s expected that Billiat’s salary will be well above R220 000 a month – the reported amount Sundowns had offered.
Chiefs are also likely to soon announce Komphela’s successor – assistant coach Patrick Mabedi and reserve team coach Arthur Zwane are expected to take charge when the team starts their pre-season training next week.
Last week the club announced that Brilliant Khuzwayo, Keagan Buchanan, Tsepo Masilela, Sibusiso Khumalo, William Twala and Edmore Chirambadare have all been released.