Billiat ace of spades in Downs pack
by SIMBA RUSHWAYA
PRETORIA, (CAJ News) – WHILE current form suggests Mamelodi Sundowns are overwhelming favourites to claim the Absa Premiership title, star performer, Khama Billiat, is guarding against complacency.
The Pretoria outfit, as the league reaches its final third, is enjoying one of its best seasons and appears to be cruising towards the biggest prize in local football, largely thanks to the imperious form of the ace Zimbabwean attacker.
While the success can be attributed to the efforts whole team, which has been firing from all cylinders, Billiat has led the assault with fearsome effect alongside Colombian Leonardo Castro and South African Under 23 captain, Keegan Dolly, a devastative combination the Sundowns faithfuls now refer to as “CBD”.
“I am enjoying my game,” says the 25-year-old player who on Wednesday night shone like a beacon against Orlando Pirates.
“However, the achievements go down to team spirit. We are united as a team and there is no need to seek individual glory,” says Billiat, whose name is already mentioned among contenders for individual accolades at the end of the season in May.
At the time of going to press, Billiat, was the Pretoria side’s top scorer with eight goals, four shy of Zambian veteran Collins Mbesuma of Mpumalanga Black Aces.
Blliat scored again against Orlando Pirates.
Telkom Knockout winners, Sundowns, who beat the Buccaneers 2-1 on Wednesday night in a crucial encounter, had opened a nine-point lead at the summit, ahead of rivals, Bidvest Wits and Black Aces.
A 5-2 thumping of Free State Stars last weekend before edging Orlando Pirates 2-1 on Wednesday night further gave credence to their status as favourites but the Sundowns Number 20, who scored the fourth with a diving header, is not getting carried away.
Having been part of a Sundowns side that overturned a 13-point lead Kaizer Chiefs enjoyed, to win the title two years ago, he is aware of the dangers of underestimating the chasing pack as the season winds.
“I cannot talk about the championship now. It is too early,” the diminutive player, who was part of the Downs side that won the title in 2013/14, and came close with Ajax in 2010/11 says.
– CAJ News
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