The duo’s departure will subsequently see the influential ‘CBD’ partnership officially dismantled, and comes in the wake of playmaker Keagan Dolly’s decision to leave Masandawana in favour of a move to French Ligue 1 club Montpellier during the 2016/2017 January transfer window.
But while Castro has failed to reach the heights of his impressive displays of past seasons, Billiat on the other end is still very much an influential figure in Tshwane, and the Zimbabwe international’s departure will certainly leave a void in Mosimane’s side.
Nonetheless, after dropping more points against Chippa United at the weekend, the 53-year-old tactician revealed that he is already looking to move on from the ‘CBD’ and will strengthen the squad when the time comes.
“We have to strengthen the team and we need to move on,” Mosimane was quoted by Phakaaathi as saying.
“We have a good team, it is not about the ‘CBD’. They had their era and they were influential and they did what they had to do and we won major continental titles. But we have to move on and a build another team,” he added.
However, it is still unclear who Mosimane will target to replace the trio. Sundowns have previously been linked with several attackers in the South African topflight including Jeremy Brockie. But it remains to be seen whether or not the pair’s imminent departure will see the club revive their interest in the New Zealand international come January.