Dynamos critical of Billiat's advisors

Dynamos critical of Billiat's advisors
Khama Billiat during the 2023 Nedbank Cup Kaizer Chiefs Media Day at the Chiefs Village, Johannesburg on the 03 May 2023 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Thando Mpembe

Friday Feb 23, 2024. 13:49

Dynamos vice-chairman Vincent Chawonza has hit out at Khama Billiat’s representatives after he was poached by Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League Yadah this week.

DeMbare looked to have secured the signature of the 33-year-old forward following weeks of drawn-out negotiations and expected him to arrive in Harare on Thursday to finalise the deal.

However, club officials were shocked to discover that Billiat had landed in the capital two days earlier to agree a move to the Miracle Boys, who offered him more money up front.

The former Zimbabwe international is now believed to be the league’s highest-paid player and Chawonza has criticised his advisors for mismanaging his career of late.

Billiat was due to sign a contract extension at Kaizer Chiefs ahead of the 2023-24 season, but he fell off the radar and ghosted the DStv Premiership giants because of bad advice from his management.

“People who are around him (Billiat) are ill-advising him. I think the blame goes to his managers, starting with the decision not to renew his stay at Kaizer Chiefs,” Chawonza said.

“He wasn’t supposed to leave Kaizer Chiefs in the first place. We tabled a similar offer as Yadah, but they were swift and gave him cash on Tuesday when he arrived.

“We had promised him US$10,000 this week on Thursday and the other US$10,000 next week. But Yadah gave him US$15,000 on the spot. With us, his salary was supposed to be US$3,000.

“I think he listens too much to the people who are around him, yet they are ill-advising him. As a player, he has made some decisions that I did not expect of him.

“But it all boils down to his management because they are not leading him well. He was the one who initiated talks with us during George Chigova’s funeral. Then we initiated talks with our coach. Everything was on course until Tuesday.”

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