Billiat, Rusike need new challenges

JOHANNESBURG - This might be my second write up regarding South Africa’s Player of the Year Khama Billiat and his Zimbabwe national teammate Evans Rusike.

When the Mzansi season ended a few months ago, I said both Billiat and Rusike must pack their bags and head for Europe to further their careers.

Billiat might have earned himself a mega multi-million Rand new contract from one of South Africa’s richest individuals, Patrice Motsepe, the billionaire owner of Mamelodi Sundowns.

Rumours are that, the speedy winger cum-striker might be grossing around R800 000 per month in his new deal and this excludes bonuses and other allowances Mamelodi Sundowns players enjoy.

The owner of reigning Absa Premiership has gone on record that he will not touch a single cent from any silverware the players win, meaning even if he doesn’t go overseas; Billiat might earn a life-changing salary with the Brazilians.

However, those who have seen the Harare-born striker on song will vouch to the fact that staying in Mzansi will not grow his game any further.

He has achieved everything a player intends to achieve; has won the league title, several domestic cups and has literally dominated the game in the past year or so.

He has been South Africa’s best player by a mile and continues to set the bar high.

But all great players; you name them Maradona, Messi and closer home in Africa, Drogba, Kalusha Bwalya, Abedi Pele, Eto’o just to mention a few have become household names by taking their game to the best leagues in Europe. Billiat needs to follow suit.

Staying in Mzansi will not do his game any better.

The same can be said of one of the most talented strikers to come out of Zimbabwe, Rusike.

Why Rusike and Billiat continue to hang around the Premier Soccer League beats me. There is more money in Europe than Mzansi although the two are some of the highest earners in the game here.

Rusike can actually be bigger than Billiat considering he has speed, is untouchable on his day and has the right built for a modern day striker.

Most big Gauteng teams had wanted to prise him away from Maritzburg United, a modest KwaZulu-Natal side but his employers have turned on a deaf ear insisting they will only listen to overseas offers.

I agree with the Team of Choice owners that Rusike must not waste his time playing in Mzansi anymore.

Maybe by the time the two return from the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon, things would have changed drastically.

At Africa’s biggest show, the two can literally sell themselves to European clubs as the tournament is watched by several scouts from across the world.

The truth though is that both Billiat and Rusike have literally carried Sundowns and Maritzburg United on their shoulders in the past season and it time they move on.

Life of a football player is very short and if the two don’t maximise their potential now, soon they will be past their prime and will have lost a good opportunity to make mega bucks.

Europe is the place to be for the two and I hope my advice is taken seriously.

Comments (1)

The article reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend cum relative who told me that there are some people who think you have the sense to work but have no brains on how to use your money. Leave the boys alone. Zvekufungira vanhu zvakavanakira ndizvo zvatakuvadzirwa neZanu. If Europe is in their sight they will go. Iwe trade yako inobhadhara muZimbabwe kudarika ku Europe here? If not, uchiri kuitei ku Zimbabwe?

Lodza - 2 August 2016

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