Thursday Aug 15, 2019. 09:26
Kaizer Chiefs have launched a scathing attack on South African rivals Mamelodi Sundowns over their persuit of Zimbabwe international Khama Billiat.
Sundowns have made no secret of their desire to get Billiat back into their squad and will pay up to R15-million to do so, a year after he was allowed to leave for free.
They have gone public to put Chiefs under pressure, and claim the player is keen to return as well, but the Soweto club have hit back and suggested they may take legal action against Sundowns for what they see as an unethical chase for the player.
“Kaizer Chiefs would like to put it on record that the information being peddled in the media about the club negotiating with Mamelodi Sundowns is completely false and uncalled for,” Chiefs said in a statement.
“We can confirm that there was an approach by Sundowns during the Afcon for the services of Khama Billiat, but we informed them that we are not selling the player.
Following that, there have not been any negotiations with the chairman, Kaizer Motaung or anyone from Kaizer Chiefs as reported in the media.
“We are concerned that the said Sundowns official [Yogesh Singh] can misrepresent us in this manner, causing unnecessary confusion and uncertainty to our supporters and stakeholders. We call on him to refrain from spreading false information in the media and respect the rules.
“Khama Billiat is committed to Kaizer Chiefs and is not joining any other club.
“Following the article published online quoting a Sundowns official, we are considering taking action to deal with the matter.
“This unethical behaviour cannot and should not be tolerated.”
BIlliat has yet to feature for Chiefs this season but could return for their clash with SuperSport United on August 24.