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Fabian McCarthy: Khama Billiat is a great signing for Kaizer Chiefs

12:08 AM MYT 23/06/2018
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The Amakhosi legend has welcomed the Zimbabwean’s arrival at the club

Kaizer Chiefs legend Fabian McCarthy believes signing three players is not enough for a club like Amakhosi as they hope to change their fortunes around next season, but hails the trio’s arrival at Naturena.

The former defender reckons the club must sign two or three more players to ensure that they challenge for trophies in the highly anticipated 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.

Although, McCarthy has hailed the signing of Zimbabwean attacker Khama Billiat, he said the club and the supporters must not expect him to carry the club alone.

Speaking exclusively to Goal, the 41-year-old expressed his satisfaction that the club can attract big name players.

Furthermore, McCarthy praised the former Mamelodi Sundowns striker for his deft first touch, movement, eye for goal and will definitely solve the goal scoring problems at the Soweto giants.

The legend was reacting after Chiefs announced the signing of Billiat, Madagascar’s Andriamirado Andrianarimanana and Letlhogonolo Mirwa.

“Yeah look I think what I can tell you is about Khama, he is quality and I am happy they have attracted a big player and beat Zamalek to his signature,” McCarthy told Goal.

"However, he can’t change everything at Chiefs alone maybe three more signings then that can make a difference," said trhe legend.

“I watched the Madagascan I think in one of their games in Polokwane, but he is a great player and he played well and looked good on the ball – but the PSL is different," warned McCarthy.

“Let’s just wait and see what he brings on board, but coming back to Billiat, he is the type of a player who can change things and rewrite history at Chiefs," continued the ex-defender.

"We all know when it comes to his first touch, his movement and he has an eye for a goal in him. I think he is a good signing for the club," acknoweledged the former Bloemfontein Celtic player.

"I just hope everything will work out wih the new coach coming in, but I must also hope that his package will not destabilise the dressing room and all of that," reacted the Vryburg-born.

“I hope he settles in as soon as like yesterday and hits the ground running because there is no time for Chiefs to start winning trophies and double up his efforts from Sundowns," noted the former Bafana Bafana player.

When asked about the priorities of the club as some in the football fraternity have questioned the fact that there is no coaching announcement as yet, while some players have already been released, McCarthy added that there could be an arrangement between the club and their preferred coach in terms of signing players.

“Yeah I think they have an agreement in place with their preferred coach, but I am not sure who is helping in terms of recommending the players to them," added the former South African international.

“I hope the likes of Willard Katsande and Teenage Hadebe will help their countryman to settle down and do his thing," responded McCarthy.

“I would like to see him wearing the number 11 jersey because that was worn by great players at Chiefs, you know Shuffle (Jabu Mahlangu), he made things happen and I don’t want to mention the likes of Teenage Dladla," advised McCarthy.

“To wrap it up, I wish all them the very best of luck and I am sure Khama knows what he is in for at Chiefs regarding the expectations and so on,” he concluded.