Peter Ndlovu: Khama Billiat reminds me of Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard

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Billiat's future remains in the balance as he is yet to sign a new deal with Sundowns, and Ndlovu trusts that the attacker will do the right thing

Former Mamelodi Sundowns striker Peter Ndlovu believes that Khama Billiat can still make it in one of Europe’s competitive leagues even at the age of 27.

“Of course [he can make it]! Khama is a world-class player. Let me put it that way, once he puts his act, once he puts his mind onto his football, you cannot touch Khama,” Ndlovu told Zimbabwean publication The Herald.

Ndlovu, who played for Sundowns between 2004 and 2008, says Billiat is similar to Manchester United attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard.

“Khama reminds me of Lingard at Manchester United. His skills, his penetration, his dribbling - he is an amazing player, I tell you. He just needs to sort the other part that’s lingering around him,” Ndlovu said.

Now acting as the club’s team manager, Ndlovu has advised the former Ajax Cape Town man regarding the direction of his career.

“I have encouraged him to do the right things. He knows the right things; whether he is going or not, but he hasn’t gone yet. Let’s take it that way, and I have advised him on what to do, but before he goes, he is a Sundowns player and must take care of what happens during that period,” Ndlovu said.

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The 27-year-old Billiat has been linked with possible moves to Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Cape Town City as well as Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr.

“The club would have gained on the sale [a year ago], but look, we needed Khama as a club, he can always go. Sundowns are not a team that doesn’t help you go. If you are doing well and want to go, as long as the fee is right, that’s normal. He has to be sold if under contract, but now coming into a difficult situation, where we don’t know where we are," said Ndlovu.

“He has performed, but I also think he has a lot on his mind, and we have tried to help him, and hopefully he will come right. But he has to help himself first before we help him,” Ndlovu said.

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