Khama Billiat saga continues

HARARE - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has challenged Zimbabwean forward Khama Billiat to regain his red-hot form in order for foreign clubs to easily trigger his release clause.

Billiat and the Brazilians’ relationship has been frosty in recent weeks after the forward refused to renew his contract as he wants to force a move away from Choorlkop.

The Zimbabwean is left with only a year on his Sundowns contract and could move as a free agent next season.

“The right time is now (for Billiat to go overseas). Let the business happen.

“I spoke to Khama and told him ‘if you can bring the performance you brought when you had all the balls (trophies) at the (PSL) awards’, then that release clause will be triggered,” Mosimane told South African media yesterday.

“So I say ‘come back and play at that level. You are worth that money (in the release clause)’.”

Although contract negotiations between the two parties have stalled, Mosimane is still confident that the Brazilians can still cash in on their most-prized asset during the January transfer window.

“If you want to sign Khama and he has six months to go on his contract — he is a hot player — do you want to wait six months to get him?” Mosimane asked.

“Somebody is going to buy him in that six months. Trust me I have been there.

"Wait for six months and someone will buy him and you will be like ‘I thought I would get him for free’. I know these things, I have been around.”

He added: “It happened with Rivaldo (Coetzee). I could not wait. He was on the rebound from (Glasgow) Celtic and we had to strike at the right time.”

Even though Billiat is refusing to sign a new contract, Mosimane is still keen to use the Zimbabwean forward for the remainder of his time at Choorlkop.

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