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Donald 'Ace' Khuse expresses delight after Kaizer Chiefs landed Khama Billiat’s signature

18:11 SAST 2018/06/23
Khama Billiat, Mamelodi Sundowns, May 2018
The former fan favourite has warned Billiat that Amakhosi is different to Masandawana in terms of pressure

Former Kaizer Chiefs legend Donald 'Ace' Khuse has expressed delight after the Soweto giants signed Khama Billiat from Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Zimbabwean attacker signed for the Soweto giants on Friday and the former Bafana Bafana midfielder said he is happy that they have managed to convince the star to jump ship.

Despite keeping the details of Billiat’s contract details, Chiefs confirmed the acquisitions on Friday of Billiat along with Andriamirado ‘Dux’ Hasina Andrianarimanana from Madagascar and defender Letlhogonolo Mirwa from ABC Motsepe League team Buya Msuthu FC.

However, the club has received stiff criticism after delaying the announcement of the coach to replace former coach Steve Komphela who has since joined Bloemfontein Celtic.

Khuse told Goal that he went to Zimbabwe in the past few years as they were scouting for a central defender.

He revealed that he was impressed by Billiat and Knowledge Musona and expressed his interest to the football manager, Bobby Motaung, but they failed to snap up the attacker and he was signed by Ajax Cape Town.

Billiat left Ajax and went on to join Sundowns, but Khuse has now breathed a sigh of relief after finally landing the highly sought after attacker. .

“Eventually he came, I would have been more happy if he was with Musona now at Chiefs because that combination would have been better - we are happy and the supporters going to expect a lot from him and take it back to where it is supposed to be,” Khuse told Goal.

“More pressure and eyes will be on him this season especially after the past three years where there were no trophies and there will be a lot expected of the squad,” said the former Amakhosi assistant coach.

“He is ready to play for Chiefs I must say because he dealt with pressure at Sundowns, but Chiefs is different to Sundowns," Khuse continued.

“With due respect to Sundowns, but they are not as big as Chiefs and there will be a lot at stake at Chiefs – they must come in and deliver, once it fails, there will be issues,” warned Khuse.

Speaking about the likes of Willard Katsande and Teenage Hadebe who are Zimbabwean internationals in terms of helping Billiat at Chiefs, the former Brazilians midfielder believes the duo will help Billiat settle down.

On the other hand, he commented on the reunion with Leonardo Castro where they formed a deadly partnership with Keagan Dolly and were known famously as the 'CBD'.

“He will be able to cope and guys like Itumeleng Khune, Katsande and Hadebe will help him because I believe these guys are friends outside of the game,” reacted Khuse.

“I think the supporters must be patient because he is quality. There’s is no doubt about that and he will come in to solve goal scoring issues upfront,” urged the legend.

“Look, we know they will hope to revive their partnership with Castro, but it will have to start in training and we will see whether they first click or not," reacted the 54-year-old.

“However, we will see because Castro has not settled down yet and I think he will be much better than last season in terms of combinations,” he concluded.