The Perfect Birthday Present? Egyptian Giants Zamalek Eyeing Former Warriors star Khama Billiat
Former Warriors star Khama Billiat, who celebrated his 33rd birthday today, is reportedly attracting interest from Egyptian side Zamalek as a potential destination for his next move. The winger recently became a free agent after the expiration of his contract with South African club Kaizer Chiefs in June.
Interest from Multiple Clubs
Billiat’s availability on the market has caught the attention of several clubs in South Africa, Europe, and Saudi Arabia. While local giants Dynamos have expressed their interest in the player, media reports from South Africa suggest that Zamalek is currently leading the race to secure his signature.
Zamalek’s Pursuit of Ahmed Zizo
Zamalek’s focus, however, seems to be centered on retaining their star player, Ahmed Zizo, who is reportedly a target for Saudi Arabian club Al Shabab. Talks between Zamalek and Billiat’s camp have reportedly commenced, although a move in the immediate future seems unlikely.
According to a source in Egypt quoted by Soccer Laduma, Zamalek has delegated intermediaries to initiate negotiations with Billiat’s representatives. The authenticity of a circulating letter, allegedly from Zamalek, authorizing the intermediaries, could not be verified by NewsDay Weekender.
Positive Prospects for a Deal
Sources have revealed that agents and managers from France, in collaboration with their Zimbabwean counterparts, are working to facilitate a potential deal for Billiat. Given his status as a free agent, the negotiations are expected to proceed smoothly. Zamalek aims to secure Billiat’s services by September, allowing him to participate in their pre-season training. Fortunately, the player has been maintaining his fitness in South Africa since his departure from Kaizer Chiefs. The source expressed optimism, stating that they are eagerly awaiting Zamalek’s finalization of talks with the intermediaries and agents, hoping for a successful outcome.
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Billiat’s Career and Previous Interest from Zamalek
Billiat, who joined Kaizer Chiefs in 2018 following his stint with Mamelodi Sundowns, spent five successful years with the club. During his time at Sundowns, he played a pivotal role in their triumph in the CAF Champions League.
Zamalek’s interest in Billiat is not new. In 2017, the Egyptian club, along with fellow Egyptian giants Al Ahli, made efforts to acquire the player after his standout performances in the Champions League. However, Billiat opted to remain in South Africa at that time.