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Decision time for Khama Billiat: What's next for the Mamelodi Sundowns attacker?

08:25 BST 10/05/2018
Morne Nel, Ajax Cape Town & Khama Billiat, Mamelodi Sundowns, April 2018
With Billiat's contract set to run out in June, Goal looks at some of the Masandawana star's prospective moves

The time for Mamelodi Sundowns star Khama Billiat to depart the Tshwane-based outfit is fast approaching, and soon one of Zimbabwe’s brightest exports will have another home.

But the question on everyone’s lips is just where will the 27-year old will move to?

There has constantly been talk surrounding a move locally, as well as abroad. Billiat’s agent recently told Sunday World that the man who has spearheaded Sundowns’ attack ever since departing Ajax Cape Town in 2013 is not short admirers.

In recent months, talk of a move to Azerbaijan giants Qarabag gained traction, but with Billiat staying put during the January transfer window, interest has since simmered down. This has now led to speculation linking Billiat with moves to both Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

However, when it comes to the Premier Soccer League’s (PSL) biggest players, there will always be links to the Soweto giants. But in the case of Billiat, a move locally does seem rather unlikely if not impractical.

For as long as the Billiat’s future has been uncertain, reports have continuously propagated one view and that is of the mercurial forward realising his dream of playing abroad. Billiat on a number of occasions has himself admitted that playing abroad is his ultimate goal, and with him being at the peak of his career, this is perhaps his last chance to make that jump.

But if an overseas club does not materialize, then Billiat may have an even bigger decision to make on his hands.

While Pirates and Chiefs may be regarded as the biggest clubs in South Africa, the reality is that of late, Sundowns have become the dominant force, not only in South Africa but on the continent as well, and if Billiat does move to Johannesburg, with all due respect to Chiefs and Pirates, it could potentially look as a step in the wrong direction given their lack of success in recent seasons.

Billiat though, has been a massive part of Sundowns' success and it will seem rather strange if he does indeed move to any of the Soweto giants. If this does happen, then questions need to be asked with regards to how happy Billiat was at Chloorkop.

But from the Zimbabwe international’s recent performances, being unhappy seems a little far-fetched. Perhaps the only factor that could potentially see Billiat jump ship to a rival club would be money.

But again, one look at Billiat’s demeanour over his career and money never seemed to be an issue, especially at the Brazilians. Sundowns are arguably the league’s biggest spenders. So, it remains to be seen if anyone locally will be able match his salary demands.

Nonetheless, Billiat has over the years become one of Sundowns’ favourite sons, and while he may be leaving, he should by no means ever be seen as someone who is turning his back on the club. Everyone has aspirations and Billiat in particular, has paid his dues.