Khama Billiat Kaizer Chiefs Naturena

Khama Billiat is at a crossroads. Image: BackpagePix

Remember Kaizer Chiefs superstar Khama Billiat? Yeah, neither do we

Kaizer Chiefs star Khama Billiat won’t play any more football this season. Will we ever see him in a black & gold jersey again?

Khama Billiat Kaizer Chiefs Naturena

Khama Billiat is at a crossroads. Image: BackpagePix

It’s a crying shame that Kaizer Chiefs fans never got to see the best of Khama Billiat in a black and gold jersey. It begs the question, will they ever see him donning the colours again?

Let’s throw it back to when he was tearing it up for Sundowns.

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47 goals in 140 appearances for the Brazilians was by far Billiat’s best strike ratio throughout his club career. 0.34 goals per game is a respectable goal-scoring rate for a man who operated mainly in wide areas or behind a conventional striker. This was most certainly the peak of Billiat’s career from a personal and physical perspective. He also scooped three DStv Premiership titles and the 2015 CAF Champions League among others, in a glittering five-year spell with Masandawana. At Sundowns, Billiat was arguably the best player in the country. Also, he chipped in with 43 assists in this time.

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Kaizer Chiefs attacker Khama Billiat has struggled to reproduce his Mamelodi Sundowns form. Image: snl24

Billiat’s Kaizer Chiefs struggles by the numbers

Khama’s 24 goals and 29 assists in 125 appearances mean he’s been directly contributing to 0.42 goals per game. Contrast that with his stats for Sundowns, where his direct output was 0.64 goals per game (47 goals and 43 assists in 140 appearances to date for Amakhosi). That’s a significant drop-off, and not all of it can be explained by Billiat being surrounded by better players at Masandawana.

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Billiat’s injuries have wrecked his Kaizer Chiefs career

The first few months of 2022-23 were stop/start for Billiat, to put it mildly. He created three goals for teammates early in the campaign but then his output dropped off significantly. In early February of 2023, he underwent groin surgery which ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign. It was a cruel blow for the wide man, but in a way it summed up his Chiefs career so far. He’s made just NINE league appearances this term.

Injuries, as well as inconsistency, have made this latest chapter one to forget for Billiat.

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2016’s PSL Player of the Year just isn’t himself anymore though. Still, Billiat was an electric performer in his heyday and nobody can take that away from him.

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