Mamelodi Sundowns prepares for life after Khama Billiat

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SOUTH African Premier League giants, Mamelodi Sundowns, have started preparing for life after Zimbabwe international Khama Billiat, who leaves the club at the end of the season after failing to agree terms with club.
Billiat, who rose from the bench in the 60th minute to score two goals that buried struggling champions Bidvest Wits on Tuesday in a two-nil victory, will be leaving the club together with Colombian Leonardo Castro, who also reached a deadlock with the club in their contract negotiations.
The Colombian, who seems to be now out of coach Pitso Mosimane’s plans, started in only seven games in the last twelve months.
Mosimane, who also confirmed midfielder Tiyani Mabunda’s contract was also running out, is reported to have been scouting for possible replacements for Billiat and Castro in South America during the just ended international break.
“We’re still there. I’ve got people there, hopefully we can close a deal, but it’s not easy,” Mosimane told Kick Off Magazine.
“Khama is leaving, Leo is leaving. The CBD is gone hey, so we have to start something [new]. CBD is gone – Keagan [Dolly] is gone, Leo is going, Khama is going, so we need to change the team.”
The Brazilians coach however, said Mabunda was likely to stay at Downs as they were still discussing terms.
“I think he’s clever enough to know that he has to stay here and play for us. He’s got Champions League next year, and we give him a position in Bafana, so does he want to leave this team? I don’t think so.” He said.
Mosimane said the Brazilians were rebuilding in preparation for the Champions League next year and noted his team, which sits on fourth position on the log standings with three points behind pacesetters Baroka with three games in hand, was still in the reckoning for the domestic league title.
“I think we have enough material for the league, locally, no excuses. Not to say we are blowing our own trumpet, but this team is good enough to really play and win the league.
“But we are doing it slowly, and I’ll bring one or two, preparing for the CAF Champions League which starts in three months’ time. So, it’s not only about local league,” he said.Advertisement