Billiat unfazed by TP Mazembe

Billiat unfazed by TP Mazembe
Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns tackled by Tarek Hamed of Zamalek during the 2016 CAF Champions League Final second leg between Zamalek and Sundowns at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt on 23 October 2016 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Friday Feb 17, 2017. 13:30

Mamelodi Sundowns striker Khama Billiat says playing in the CAF Super Cup against TP Mazembe is the biggest thing in his football career.

The Brazilians are getting ready to welcome the Democratic Republic of Congo giants on Saturday and will hope to lift their second continental crown.

Meeting the Ravens comes after coach Pitso Mosimane led the Tshwane side to CAF Champions League glory last year.

On the other hand, the visiting side are reigning CAF Confederation Cup champions and the Zimbabwean international says this will be a big one.

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“This is going to be a big game. Nothing can be bigger, at least at continental level,” Billiat tells the club's website.

"Games like this are the only way you can measure how big or good you are. Once we had won the CAF Champions League, we knew we had to do planning for the Super Cup.

“We know what is coming. They know us and we know them, we are always under pressure. We need to deliver for ourselves, for the fans, for the President, and for our families. Pressure is part of our life.

“Games like this build character, and ideally every game we play should be at this level and intensity.”

The 2016 CAF African Football Player of the Year nominee also acknowledged Mazembe's stature in the continent.

“TP Mazembe are a huge team, and we will respect them. But we have to do what we do best,” adds Billiat.

“They have achieved a lot, but that does not mean they will be better than us. We know they are not an easy team to beat, but it will all come down to who is hungrier, and I know that we are hungry enough.”

Loftus Versfeld Stadium will host the match at 19:00 and the winner will walk away with R13,4 million and the loser to pocket R10,05 million.



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