Khama Billiat has explained his decision to leave Mamelodi Sundowns and join Kaizer Chiefs at length in an interview with Kick-Off.com
The Zimbabwe international completed a-record £11m deal, following a high-profile and long-drawn-out transfer saga.
Billiat left Sundowns after a five year stay, having made 99 senior appearances.
The 30-year-old, who subsequently won three League titles and Champions League with Sundowns, has now clarified his reasoning for joining Kaizer Chiefs.
“I considered a lot of things – my family and everyone, and Kaizer Chiefs had been on top of everyone – showing love and interest in me. I respect that and I had no choice but only to come here,” explained Billiat.
“There was a couple of them [offers from overseas] and, I think Chiefs, I respected them. I’ve always wanted to play for them and I was just waiting for them to say something so that I could move.
Another factor that ultimately tipped the Zimbabwean international in favour of a switch to Naturena was club football manager Bobby Motaung’s visit to his home in Harare, which he explained that he did not take lightly.
“It’s something that’s emotional man. You know, coming to see my parents and talking to them has never happened in my career, and it’s something I take with my heart,” he added.
“I really respect that, and my family supported that. They felt so respected, and that’s all I need is for my family to be happy. So, I was so happy about it and I thank the club and Bobby for coming to see my parents and speaking to them.”
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