Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Khama Billiat admits the absence of former captain Alje Schut will have a big impact on the team's performance this season.
The Dutchman left Chloorkop after three years due to his desire to return with his family to the Netherlands, although the defender has not retired from the game and admitted he would like to continue playing on in his homeland.
'Downs are yet to replace Schut, with Ramahlwe Mphahlele being rumoured as a potential target to become club captain, but even if a positional replacement is found, Billiat concedes they will still be short of a leader.
"You know, he was not just a captain to us. He was our leader and one of us," he told Soccer Laduma.
"We are going to miss him so much, but you know, as a team we have to continue from where we left off last season and win things because that's what Alje would want us to do.
"But we will miss him as a player and a leader," Billiat concluded.
The Brazilians open their season at home against Bloemfontein Celtic in the MTN8 quarterfinals on Wednesday, August 5 before making the trip to Royal Bafokeng Stadium to start their Premiership campaign against Platinum Stars on Saturday.