COMMENT: Does the signing of Khama Billiat make Kaizer Chiefs stronger than Sundowns?

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Goal takes a look at Khama Billiat's arrival at Chiefs, whether or not his signing makes the Soweto giants stronger than Sundowns

With Mamelodi Sundowns having parted ways with striker Khama Billiat, their rivals Kaizer Chiefs have benefitted from the Zimbabwean’s failure to secure a move to overseas.

Following huge speculation regarding his future, the former Ajax Cape Town striker has finally secured his future with Amakhosi, ending rumours about his next destination.

The tricky, talented goal-poacher was unveiled on Friday and Goal takes a look at his arrival, and explores whether or not his signing makes the Soweto giants stronger upfront.

Billiat is a massive signing for the club and brings wealth of experience, provides options upfront because of the Big Match Temperament he carries, but signing him doesn’t complete the puzzle for the Glamour Boys.

There is still a need for them to sign more players, three or more because they have the Premier Soccer League and domestic competitions to focus on as well as the Caf Confederation Cup to challenge for next season.

Those commitments will surely mean a long and a demanding campaign for Amakhosi starting in the next few months, but with planning and depth in the squad, they can pull through.

SUNDOWNS – A LOOK AT PLAYERS IN THEIR ATTACK

Sibusiso Vilakazi celebrates Sundowns goal against Barcelona - May 16 2018

Firstly, taking a look at Sundowns where he comes from, the Brazilian have quality in every department and many PSL coaches would attest when predicting the league or cup winners ahead of every season.

Billiat partnered with the likes of Sibusiso Vilakazi, Percy Tau and Themba Zwane as they exchanged roles in terms of providing goals for the reigning league champions.

Moreover, the likes of Hlompho Kekana and Anthony Laffor would also chip in with a goal or two when the chips are down.

Heading to Chiefs after making headlines that he is not prepared to settle for a PSL contract comes as a kind of a step back for the Warriors international, not saying Chiefs is not capable of attracting big-name players.

Many will know Billiat for his deft first touch, movement, trickery, ability to spot a movement or positioning of the goalkeeper, but some may forget the delivery he usually receives in terms of passes.

At Sundowns, there were the likes of Teko Modise, Tiyani Mabunda, Kekana and the likes of Zwane who often located him with great passes which at times became impossible to miss.

Exploring options and combinations at Chiefs, the less can be said, but the football fraternity waits in anticipation of what he brings and how he will make an impact at the club.

CHIEFS – A LOOK AT PLAYERS IN THEIR ATTACK

Leonardo Castro and Joseph Molangoane of Kaizer Chiefs

At his new club, Billiat will meet players such as Siphelele Ntshangase, Ryan Moon, Kabelo Mahlasela and Pule Ekstein, but he will also reunite with his former Downs teammate in Leonardo Castro.

Both Ntshangase and Mahlasela are yet to find their feet at Chiefs with the former Baroka FC player struggling to make an immediate impact last season.

Mahlasela suffered an injury at training which ruled him out for the season – he will want to make his mark this upcoming season.

Coming to Ekstein, he has been the same player for many seasons and has continued to promise that he will step up and he has to shift gears this term, but he is yet to command a regular spot in the side.

Sundowns became one of the hardest teams to beat in the past few years as they formed a deadly partnership with Keagan Dolly and Castro upfront and Chiefs might revive that with Billiat and the Colombian forward.

On the other hand, Castro will help Billiat to settle down and hit the ground running to bring back the smiles on the faces of the hard-to-please Amakhosi supporters.

There's also Gustavo Paez, Bernard Parker and Madagascar international Andriamirado Andrianarimanana, which makes their frontline scary on paper. 

THE COACHING FACTOR AT KAIZER CHIEFS

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Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is undoubtedly one of the best in Africa, and is astute when it comes to how to use players even if he has many talented players at his disposal.

Many football coaches believe in scouting players themselves based on their preferred tactics and planning, but it is different at Chiefs with Billiat.

A lot of questions have been asked on why and how the club released players in the past few weeks without a head coach - it remains a tricky question.

The argument here is that it becomes too complex to predict Billiat’s combination at Chiefs because the coach is yet to be announced, but based on his talent, he will definitely find a spot in the starting XI.

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In conclusion, Chiefs will have to find a new coach as soon as possible, get two or three players and ensure that they immediately challenge for trophies in the 2018/19 season.

There is no doubt that Billiat will add value at Chiefs and the argument, if they will be stronger than the 2016 African champions will never end because Sundowns have quality in all their departments, but the 2018/19 season will definitely prove many right or wrong.

Until they get the right signings to bolster their squad, they will then become better and stronger than Sundowns because the Tshwane side have had a coach for more than five seasons and Mosimane ensures there is continuity.

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