Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard
Katsande has claimed that he played a role in convincing Khama Billiat
to join the club from South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
Katsande and Billiat are both Zimbabwean, but played on opposing
sides in South Africa for seven years after Katsande left Ajax Cape Town
to join Amakhosi.
After a highly successful five-year stint at Sundowns, Billiat
shocked the country by signing for Kaizer Chiefs last month. Katsande
has revealed that he played a part in luring his compatriot to Naturena.
"I can say I helped the team get him," said Katsande, according to Kick Off.
"But we know what kind of player Khama is. He has come to The Village
and changed the whole dimension of the players around him."
Likening the impact Billiat has on the team to that which Neymar and
Ronaldo have on theirs, Katsande then went into detail on what he told
the winger about Chiefs.
"Obviously, as a brother, I wanted him to be here [at Chiefs]. I know
how it is to be here, I've been here for eight seasons and they've been
good to me," Katsande explained.
"I even told him, 'You know what, there's no place like Kaizer Chiefs. Just come here baby, you won't regret to be with us.'"
Billiat scored eight goals in 16 Premiership appearances for Sundowns
in their 2017/18 title-winning campaign, securing his third league
title at the club.
He will now be looking to help Amakhosi knock them off their perch.