Former Orlando Pirates Star Lekoelea’s Advice to Khama Billiat on Leaving Kaizer Chiefs
The Zimbabwean forward is currently a free agent after abandoning contract talks with the club, as his previous deal expired on June 30.
Billiat’s Decision and Lekoelea’s Opinion
Khama Billiat’s refusal to engage in discussions for a new deal with Kaizer Chiefs has raised eyebrows. Lekoelea feels that the 32-year-old player should have still considered negotiations with Amakhosi for a potential new contract.
He believes that snubbing Chiefs could be a misstep on Billiat’s part, especially considering that the next deal he signs could be his last in his playing career.
In an interview with KickOff, Lekoelea shared his thoughts on the situation, stating,
“It shows he no longer wants to play for Kaizer Chiefs, it’s clear he wants to go to another team.”
He also pointed out that Billiat’s performance at Chiefs has not matched the level he displayed during his time at Mamelodi Sundowns. While Chiefs made efforts to maintain a positive relationship, it seems they were unable to succeed.
The Importance of Communication
Lekoelea believes that Billiat should have communicated his intentions clearly to the Kaizer Chiefs management instead of simply disappearing.
He suggests that Billiat should have engaged in open discussions with the club, expressing his desires and concerns. Lekoelea emphasizes the significance of not keeping a team waiting while having plans to sign with another club.
He warns that leaving Chiefs, a prominent organization, will have its consequences and could result in regret for Billiat.
Assessing the Situation
Lekoelea’s perspective aligns with the understanding that Billiat may have made a hasty decision to turn his back on a club that supported him during times of struggle.
While Billiat’s form at Kaizer Chiefs did not match his performances at Mamelodi Sundowns in the past five seasons, the club continued to show faith in him.
The desire to negotiate a new deal indicates Chiefs’ willingness to move forward with Billiat despite the criticism he faced from fans for his under-par performances in the last season.
What Lies Ahead for Billiat
With Billiat remaining silent on his next move, there is anticipation surrounding his future. The player’s next destination could be revealed in the coming days as he seeks a new club to continue his football journey.