Kaizer Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs fans have started to wonder if Khama Billiat has enjoyed and lost his best. Image: @ThapsSaidSo / Twitter

Chiefs’ Billiat: How Sundowns got the best out of him

It’s been over three seasons. Kaizer Chiefs fans are still yearning for the Khama Billiat they watched at Mamelodi Sundowns.

Kaizer Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs fans have started to wonder if Khama Billiat has enjoyed and lost his best. Image: @ThapsSaidSo / Twitter

Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns fans know that the Khama Billiat they watch at Amakhosi is not the player that dominated the PSL at Chloorkop.

ALSO READ: MTN8 – Pirates return to Durban – FIVE things we expect

ALSO READ: Five reasons Tau would choose Sundowns over Pirates

ALSO READ: Percy Tau to Kaizer Chiefs? FIVE motivations

KHAMA BILLIAT AT KAIZER CHIEFS 

It was in July 2018 when the Zimbabwean attacker made one of the most controversial moves in PSL history.

ALSO READ: MTN8 – Chiefs back in the Cape. FIVE things we expect

The then 28-year-old forward was unveiled by Chiefs smiling with the Glamour Boys love and peace slogan.

We all felt the Soweto giants were to become unstoppable and ‘Khamaldhino’ was going to be a Chiefs legend.

ALSO READ: Chiefs update – Zwane on Du Preez return this weekend

ALSO READ: Watch – Gunmen rob Pirates legend’s restaurant

ALSO READ: Hunt makes big statement on Sundowns, Chiefs, and Pirates

Following three full seasons, Billiat has underdelivered with 24 goals in 119 games in a gold and black shirt.

Billiat has looked even worse under Arthur Zwane this season. What is the issue? 

Biliat walks off the pitch at the DHL stadium after one of the worst nights of his PSL career. Image: @NhlanhlaT / Twitter

The answer has two factors: Partnership and his position on the pitch.

HOW SUNDOWNS USED BILLIAT

To highlight Sundowns’ maximum use of the Zimbabwean star, we have taken a look at his best-ever season at Chloorkop and in the PSL.

It was the 2015/16 term where Billiat shone the brightest with 15 goals and 17 assists in just 44 games.

ALSO READ: Why Tau would join Chiefs – Here are the reasons

This Billiat was a true nightmare for PSL defenders. Image: @Tbis / Twitter

ALSO READ:  Wow, watch – Axed Chiefs player posts real-time birth of his child

ALSO READ: Mathoho to accept offer to Gauteng club?

Position:

So how did he achieve it? Billiat was playing as a number 10 or secondary striker. He did not play as a false nine or in the right and left-wing as we have seen him at Chiefs.

Partnership:

The same season’s success saw Billiat partner and play off a number nine. If he was not playing off Leonardo Castro, he was playing with Cuthbert Malajila.

Keagan Dolly on the left and Themba Zwane on the right also played a significant factor in Billiat’s success.

Conclusion:

While Chiefs had Castro at Naturena in the past three seasons, the Colombian spent much of his time either injured or simply out of form. Perhaps Castro was past his best by the time he signed for Amakhosi.

Samir Nurkovic was also an option to combine with Billiat but the departed Serbian clearly had a different skillset to Castro and Malajila.

Will Amakhosi’s current striker Ashley Du Preez and Caleb-Bonfils Bimenyamana eventually form the combination that will inspire the best of Billiat? We shall see in the coming months. 

Do you believe Billiat still has the ability to deliver double digits in both goals and assists? Let us know in the comments section below.