Gorowa lauds Khama

HARARE - Zimbabwe football coach Ian “Dibango” Gorowa has tipped Warriors wizard Khama Billiat to shine after signing for South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns for a record fee.

The 23-year-old prodigy has been the chief target for South Africa’s biggest clubs in the pre-season transfer window.

Although Sundowns officials this week downplayed the amount they paid Ajax Cape Town for Billiat’s services, impeccable sources have confirmed that the Warriors star indeed went for between R9 million and R11 million (around $US1 million).

The gifted forward, who honed his skills at the famed Aces Youth Soccer Academy in Harare, has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks with Soweto giants Orlando Pirates battling it out with Mamelodi Sundowns for the signature of the Urban Warriors’ starlet.

And now Gorowa, who worked with the Mufakose-bred star during his time as Ajax Cape Town assistant coach, believes the Zimbabwe ace can fit into Sundown’s style of play perfectly.

"They bought him because he is an intelligent player," Gorowa told Daily News yesterday.

"Khama is a player who developed lately and I feel he can integrate in the way they play football there.  He has a good strong body and I feel he has qualities that are needed in any squad.

“The good thing is that (Sundowns coach) Pitso Mosimane has been chasing him and I am sure he knows how to use him.  Hopefully, he can show that because there are a lot of expectations. He has a lot of potential, so hopefully Pitso will give him more game time. On a good day, Khama can do something that you haven’t seen. He just needs to work on his finishing, but otherwise he is a complete player.”

Gorowa, recently appointed Warriors substantive coach, was also excited about the prospects of working with Billiat in the Zimbabwe national team.

“I am sure he will have a similar effect in the national team. If he kept his cool, I can see Khama playing in Europe in the next two years,” said Gorowa.

Meanwhile, Gorowa is set to lead his home-based Warriors against Zambia in a Chan qualifier tomorrow and has expressed satisfaction ahead of the tie.

“We are ready for the game. It’s good that we register a comfortable first leg win. We have worked hard on our shortcomings and we are looking forward to the match,” he said.

“We don’t need to put ourselves under pressure. We just need to play our normal game. There is some pressure, obviously, that comes in playing in front of your supporters.

“We have talked with the players about that and we are now ready for the match.”

The Warriors and Chipolopolo clashed in the final of the Cosafa Cup last month with Zambia emerging 2-0 winners in Ndola and Gorowa took the players through a video session of the game yesterday. 

The Warriors are seeking a third appearance at the tournament having been to the last two editions of the Chan competition in Cote d'Ivoire in 2009 and Sudan two years later.

The winner of the second and final round of the qualifiers will advance to the finals in South Africa next January.

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