Downs line up record fee for Billiat

A record-breaking transfer, estimated at R9 million, is expected to be announced for Khama Billiat’s move from Ajax Cape Town to Mamelodi Sundowns.

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Agreement between the two clubs was reached on Wednesday night although the possible inclusion of striker Eleazor Rodgers or defender Clayton Daniels in the deal is still being negotiated, according to sources.

The sale of Billiat ends an increasing soap opera around the dazzling Zimbabwean attacker, who was left out of his club’s line-up for the opening match of the new league season last weekend.

Ajax did not register the Zimbabwe international for the new season because if they had done so, and played him against Lamontville Golden Arrows last Saturday, they would have foregone one of the five berths clubs are allowed per season for foreign players.

Billiat was due to begin the last year of his contract at Ajax. His transfer fee easily beats the R6 million that Kaizer Chiefs paid SuperSport United last year for Morgan Gould.

Sundowns, however, now have a dilemma about the number of foreigners in their squad for the coming season.

Ajax Cape Town’s Ari Efstathiou confirmed last night on Metro FM that the deal was done, with the Urban Warriors receiving cash plus Eleazar Rodgers.

“We did everything we could to keep him, but the reality of the situation is Khama made up his mind,” he said.

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