‘Billiat is already a Chiefs superstar’

Kaizer Chiefs

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Mahlangu is especially impressed with the impact of reigning PSL Player of the Month Khama Billiat, who has rekindled a strong attacking partnership with former Mamelodi Sundowns teammate Leonardo Castro at Naturena.

The Glamour Boys currently find themselves among the frontrunners on the Absa Premiership standings after nine games.

“Firstly I need to say it was a job well done to the Kaizer Chiefs management this time round with the signing of Billiat,” Mahlangu tellsKickOff.com.

“We all know what Khama can do. He is a very experienced player and an experienced campaigner in the PSL. He brings a lot of mobility for Chiefs.

“He brings a lot of energy, skill and flair playing alongside the likes of Castro and [Siphelele] Ntshangase. I like that that Ntshangase too. But Billiat will be vital for Chiefs this season and he’s already a superstar at Kaizer Chiefs.”

However, the 38-year-old hopes Amakhosi do not rely too heavily on Billiat in their bid to break a trophy drought that is into its fourth season.

“He’s a key player but now they must also make sure that they don’t put too much pressure on him. They must try and make sure that the players share the responsibility because if Khama gets injured then we don’t want to hear, ‘that yeah but Khama was out’.

“Chiefs is a big team and cannot only rely on one player and they never depended on one player in the past, you know. But he was a good signing and we are looking forward to Khama scoring a lot of goals. He’s already shown in his short space of time what he possesses and he also creating opportunities for his teammates.

“So that’s why I’m saying overall Chiefs did do their homework well. The players they got are quality. You see now even that they are not there yet in terms of combination play and the way they have to play … there are a lot of signs that good things are coming for the team.”

Mahlangu feels Chiefs are showing signs of getting back to their roots under new Italian coach Giovanni Solinas, who was named PSL Coach of the Month for September.

“I think at the moment looking at the Chiefs of this season and the last season I think there is a change in the club in the structure of the club, there is hope again. You can now see the Kaizer Chiefs’ flair and identity it starting to come back because that identity was gone for the past three or four seasons. It was gone.

“Chiefs is a team that doesn’t play with set-pieces or the transition what these coaches call it nowadays - Chiefs play football. And it didn’t start with Steve Komphela. They won the league with Stuart Baxter but still were not playing attractive football the way Kaizer Chiefs use to play. The brand of football. would win but their victories were not sweet, you know.

“But I think let’s give Solinas a chance, of course there is a lot of pressure because Kaizer Chiefs fans they want to win something right now.That’s all they want so that they can also love you as their coach. Before you win something they will never be happy the way they want to be.But I think they are on the right track,” concludes the retired ex-Bafana Bafana international.