‘Chiefs failing to get the best out of Billiat’

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Nigel Matongorere
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©️ FORMER Cameroon international and Mamelodi Sundowns legend Roger Feutmba believes Kaizer Chiefs are failing to bring the best out of Warriors star Khama Billiat because of their lack of quality.

Billiat spent five hugely successful years between 2013 and 2018 at Chloorkop where he won two league titles and the African Champions League.

After contract negotiations with the Brazilians stalled, the Warriors talisman switched to Kaizer Chiefs bringing to an end one of the most protracted transfer sagas in the Super Diski.

However, Billiat has failed to replicate the same form which made him one of the most sought-after forwards in African football at Amakhosi.

Since his arrival at Naturena, the 29-year-old has only been able to score six times in 36 appearances across all competitions for the Phefeni Glamour Boys.

Billiat’s struggles in the black and gold jersey have been the subject of a lot of discussions in the Super Diski in recent months.

The move also made Billiat one of the highest paid players in South African football which has made his struggles to find the back of the net fodder for tabloids and debate shows across the Limpopo.

Feutmba, who was part of the all-conquering Sundowns squad of the late 90s, has also now weighed in on the Billiat debate.

The former midfielder, who was part of the Cameroon squad at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, reckons that Billiat and defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele, who was also at Sundowns, do not have quality players around them at Chiefs.

“When you look at those two players, Mphahlele and Billiat, they’ve done much more at Sundowns.

“I strongly believe they did well because they were surrounded by great players. They were playing under the philosophy which suited their qualities.

“But you can’t just say they are not doing well for Kaizer Chiefs. I think they are doing well even though it’s not the same as they were at Sundowns,” Feutmba told Kick Off.

Feutmba, who was gifted with a mercurial left foot during his playing days, also believes Billiat’s lack of a cutting edge at Chiefs is due to the team’s direct playing style.

“Also, you can’t compare because it’s two different styles and philosophies. Chiefs rely on going forward and look for their top strikers while at Sundowns they play patiently, building up their attack, and don’t play long-balls.

“If you want to get the best out of them, you must play positive football (laughs),” Feutmba explained.

In recent weeks, there has also been a lot of speculation regarding Billiat’s future at Chiefs with a return to Sundowns being mentioned as a possibility.

The Brazilians coach Pitso Mosimane has not shied away from his desire to have the Zimbabwean back at Chloorkop.

Mosimane uses every opportunity he gets in the media to talk positively of Billiat and it has made the speculation continue to gather momentum.

“If we want Khama, what do we need to do? We speak to Kaizer Chiefs, club to club…you know the story.

“And then they will tell us ‘we are selling, we are not selling’. Sometimes you don’t sell, even (Lionel) Messi has got a price, let’s be honest.

“Khama played different football (at Sundowns). Khama is totally different. It’s unbelievable — every week I am watching (him). You must know that I took this boy as a 22-year-old from Ajax Cape Town.

“They were flirting with relegation and I told him that he’s the greatest player Zimbabwe has ever produced and would be a big player for Sundowns.

“I sold him the vision and look what happened when Khama was on the pitch.

“He is a totally different player and you’ve got to know how to deal with him, soft and he also likes to be told he’s a star,” Mosimane told SAFM last month.

 

 

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