Khama Billiat

Khama Billiat putting pen to paper at Yadah FC. Photo: X

Shock claim: Cash handover sealed Billiat deal in Zimbabwe

Khama Billiat’s move to join Zimbabwean outfit Yadah FC was allegedly sealed with an initial cash handover of around R283,000.

Khama Billiat

Khama Billiat putting pen to paper at Yadah FC. Photo: X

On Thursday, it came to light that former Chiefs star Khama Billiat had sealed a deal with Yadah FC after weeks of speculation that suggested three or four Zimbabwean clubs were after his signature.

Initially there was talk that Billiat was edging closer to joining Dynamos FC, who were hoping to wrap up the deal before the end of February. Then there were reports that “he had been offered a US$20K (R380K) signing-on-fee and a US$4K (R76K) monthly salary by Manica Diamonds”, and at the time they seemed to be leading the race to snap up up the 33-year-old.

However, the deal was eventually hijacked by Yadah FC, and according to Soccer24, Billiat has penned a one-year deal with Yadah and will earn around R94 000 per month during that period. 

Just as notable is the claim by Dynamos executive vice-chairman Vincent Chawonza that Yadah tempted Billiat with an in-person cash downpayment.

“Yadah gave Khama (Billiat) $15 000 (around R283,000) and he signed with them… they had cash on them,” Chawonza was quoted as saying.


Yadah have since deleted a social media post showing Billiat putting pen to paper, but chairman Everson Chatambudza had previously confirmed the deal.

“What I can say is we negotiated with Khama,” Chatambudza told the Sunday Mail. “I wouldn’t know what other clubs are paying their players in order to confirm if what we have offered him makes him the highest-paid player.

“At the moment, I’m not at liberty to talk about the figures, but maybe after the official unveiling has been done. We are still working on the logistics of the unveiling ceremony.”


Billiat has been without a team since leaving Kaizer Chiefs under acrimonious circumstances after his contract expired at the end of last season.

A possible one-year extension at Chiefs seemed set to be a compromise of sorts at one point as the opportunity was presented for Billiat to revive his career over one more season, but back then it was also reported that Chiefs may have expected him to take a pay cut.

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