Cape Town - Legendary former Zimbabwe international Peter Ndlovu has
spoken glowingly of Khama Billiat's ability, but admits the Mamelodi Sundowns
forward needs to rediscover his focus.
Billiat's contract with the Brazilians expires in June next
year and at present his future is unclear.
A year ago there had been talk of him making a move to
Europe after he had proved hugely influential in helping the Pretoria club win
the CAF Champions League and was crowned as the Premier Soccer League's Player
of the Season.
But he has been unable to hit the same heights throughout
2017 and, while there is apparent interest from a club in Saudi Arabia, talk of
Europe has gone quiet.
Ndlovu, who is now the team manager at Sundowns, has no
doubt about the player's ability, but feels the former Caps United and Ajax
Cape Town player is not currently fulfilling his potential.
"Of course Khama he is a world class player, let me put
it that way. Once he puts his act, once he puts his mind onto his football, you
cannot touch Khama," Ndlovu told The Herald.
"Khama reminds me of Lingard at Manchester United. His
skills, his penetration, his dribbling, he is an amazing player, I tell you. He
just needs to sort the other part that's lingering around him.
"I have encouraged him to do the right things, he knows
the right things; whether he is going or not."
Ndlovu cautioned Billiat to continue working at hard at
Sundowns while he remains at the club, and adds that the Tshwane team will not
stand in his way should good offers come in.
"But before he goes, he is a Sundowns player and must
take care of what happens during that period (and anything can happen).
"The club would have gained on the sales (a year ago),
but look we needed Khama as a club, he can always go. Sundowns are not a team
that doesn't help you go.
"If you are doing well and want to go, as long as the
fee is right, that's normal. He has to be sold if under contract. But now
coming into a difficult situation, where we don't know where we are."
Ndlovu, a former Sundowns striker himself, is concerned that
the success Billait has enjoyed over the last few years may have gone to his
"He has performed but I also think he has a lot on his
mind and we have tried to help him and hopefully he will come right,"
Ndlovu added. "But he has to help himself first before we help him.
"When you win [awards], it comes with pressure, and you
need help whoever you are. One you have to make sure you try and do better the
"But I don't think we plan as players, we just think
it's easy. But it's not. Once you have done it and have done well, it is always
hard to maintain.
"But my advice is people like Khama should learn
because they are not young anymore, he understands. He is my boy and I always
speak to him about it and he knows. I have told him how I treated