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Ajax CT, Sundowns agree Billiat fee,but...

[Posted 08 Aug 2013]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Ajax CT, Sundowns agree Billiat fee,but...
News doing the rounds in Cape Town and beyond is that Ajax Cape Town and rich Pretoria-based club Mamelodi Sundowns have agreed to the transfer fee for Ajax's Zimbabwean hotshot Khama Billiat. However, it does not appear like the end to the pre-season transfer surrounding the talented player is over as yet.

Reports had suggested that Sundowns and Ajax agreed on a R9 million transfer fee which could include a loan move for either Clayton Daniels or striker Eleazar Rodgers. Either loan moves appear to be uncertain. Rodgers, who is the more likely to move, appears to be taking up time to make up his mind, while Daniels appears to be demanding more from his former club Ajax pertaining his personal terms.  

It seems like there has been a real tug of war for Billiat's signature involving Gauteng clubs, with Orlando Pirates and Supersport having been reported to have upped the ante to secure the speedy dribbling wizard from Harare.

Sundowns should have been spurred by the growing interest from their Gauteng rivals, and moved in quickly to offer more than what Pirates and Supersport could offer.

Now it appears like Ajax and Sundowns have agreed on the transfer fee, while Billiat continues to negotiate his personal terms with his prospective new paymasters.

What complicates the situation however is the fact that Billiat himself is reported to prefer joining Pirates over Sundowns.

The Pretoria giants do not always have a good record for helping the careers of youngsters blossom, and one can point to the stagnating careers of many youngsters who have joined Sundowns in the past. The list of wasted talent is endless. Names of hugely talented players who have failed to live up to their potential at Chloorkop recently include such stars as Zimbabwean strikers Simba Sithole and Nyasha Mushekwi, Edward Manqele, Richard Henyekanye and Clayton Daniels.

Current Pirates attacker Sifiso Myeni is known to have refused to join Sundowns in the recent past, arguing that careers go down the drain at Sundowns, given the seemingly confused recruitment policy of the club. So maybe, Billiat is better advised not to make a hasty decision in choosing to join Sundowns.

It is hoped that Ajax will allow Billiat to join the club of his choice, and not necessarily go with a club that brings the biggest cheque. This may be difficult for a club in business to consider the developmental interests of a player when a carrot is dangled before their eyes.

After all has been said and done, it appears certain that Sundowns will walk away with their main target, and once that deal is sealed and secured, it will easily become a record ABSA PSL deal, and the highest profile off-season transfer.

Whether the move will be good for a young and talented player like Billiat remains to be seen, but it may as well prove to be, given the fact that Downs are under a new coach. One might be quick to point out that the problem at Sundowns is much more than an individual called a coach, but the club's policy of buying mega stars, a situation which creates an explosion of egos in the dressing room which is too difficult for even the greatest coaches to manage. 

Sundowns have already brought in meg stars such as Cuthbert Malajila from Maritzburg United, Kennedy Mweene from Free State Stars, reigning ABSA PSL Golden Boot winner from last season Katlego Mashego from Moroka Swallows, who will be joined by the likes of hugely gifted attacking midfielder Mukuka Mulenga from Zambia. Add Billiat to that list, and that's a team of mega stars on its own.

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