Bobby Motaung: Kaizer Chiefs took Khama Billiat off the flight to an Arab country

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The Amakhosi football manager explains how he signed Billiat and gives an update on Andrianarimanana

Having recently secured the services of Khama Billiat on a free transfer, Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung has revealed how they signed the Zimbabwe attacker.

Motaung said they have not captured the former Ajax Cape Town attacker to spite anyone, but because of how much talented he is.

Blessed with a great first touch and an eye for goal, the striker will be expected to revive the Amakhosi attack as they want to end their trophy drought.

Interim coach Patrick Mabedi is busy with their pre-season preparations, and the Warriors star could be unleashed for the first time in Chiefs colours this coming weekend.

The Soweto giants will take part in the Maize Cup pre-season tournament on Saturday at James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney as they will face Buya Msuthu from the ABC Motsepe League in the opening match.

On the other hand, Chiefs’ new defender Letlhogonolo Mirwa, who was unveiled together with Billiat, could face his former teammates on Saturday morning in the North West province.

With Billiat having turned down a contract extension with the Tshwane side on a number of occasions, he was rumoured to be on his way to Europe, but decided to join Chiefs.

Motaung said he had to stop the player from leaving the country and convinced him to stay and join the Naturena-based side.

 

The two clubs are currently locked in talks as Chiefs fae the possibility of not getting the player ahead of the new season.

“It was like he was on a flight to some Arab country. He was a free agent and I took him off the flight and convinced him to join us,” Motaung was quoted as saying by Phakaathi.

“We didn’t sign him to spite anyone. He is a quality player and we went for him,” said Motaung.

“When everyone was going on about others signing nine players and Sundowns announcing (Andile) Jali, we had our plan and we were not bothered,” he added.

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‘Bobsteak’ also gave an update on Madgascar’s Andriamirado 'Dax' Andrianarimanana after unveiling him, but his club Fosa Juniors claim they still have a contract with the player.

“We are in discussions. It is normal, especially in Africa when a player is free and you sign him and there are protestations,” continued the football manager.

“Unfortunately, the agent didn’t follow the protocols. We didn’t do the deal out of malice, but we are now in direct discussions with the club,” he concluded.

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