Billiat’s contract with Kaizer Chiefs expired at the end of June, prompting the club to present a new offer for the Zimbabwean forward to extend his stay at Naturena. However, an agreement has yet to be reached.
According to the club’s statement, Billiat was last seen at the Kaizer Chiefs village on June 29. Since then, he has not responded to any calls or messages from the club.
This unexpected turn of events comes as the team embarks on their pre-season training camp in Mbombela, under the guidance of their new coach, Molefi Ntseki. Billiat was expected to be an integral part of the group but has failed to appear.
During his time at Amakhosi, following a surprise move from Mamelodi Sundowns in the winter of 2018, Billiat has always had issues with fitting in.
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In five seasons, he has been unable to help the club secure a single trophy. His statistics at Chiefs include 125 appearances across all competitions, with 24 goals and 29 assists. Additionally, he has faced persistent injury setbacks.
Despite his underwhelming performance, Kaizer Chiefs reportedly offered the 33-year-old a new contract, with a reduced salary. Billiat is currently one of the highest-paid players, not only at Chiefs but in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) as a whole.
Bobby Motaung, Chiefs’ football manager, refuted allegations that Billiat was refusing to accept a reduced package. In an interview with Sowetan Live, Motaung clarified that negotiations for a new contract were ongoing since Billiat’s previous contract had expired.
He emphasized that these negotiations did not involve a salary cut but rather focused on the terms of the new contract. Motaung expressed hope that Billiat would remain with the club, but the outcome of the negotiations remains uncertain.