Local News 22.9.2016 03:07 pm

Billiat gambles on Champions League glory

Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Mamelodi Sundowns Media Day 07 September 2016 at Chlorokop Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Mamelodi Sundowns Media Day 07 September 2016 at Chlorokop Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Khama Billiat has admitted he has taken a risk by staying at Mamelodi Sundowns this season, but is relishing the chance he has to win the Caf Champions League.

Sundowns will play Zambia’s Zesco United in the second leg of their semifinal at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday, training 2-1 from the first leg, with Billiat grabbing a potentially vital away goal in Ndola.

The Zimbabwean striker was the subject of plenty of speculation in the off-season linking him with a move to Europe, but ultimately he has remained with Pitso Mosmane’s side as they bid for continental glory.

“Yes, it is a gamble,” said Billiat at Sundowns training on Thursday.

“Things might not work out for me but that does not mean it was going to work out for me either way. I decided to stay because I believe not every soccer player will have this opportunity (to win the Champions League), you might go your whole career and never get this close. I believe you can only go overseas when you play well and I don’t doubt my effort or talent. I am a fighter … if I fight harder and bring the best out of myself then I can still go overseas.”

Billiat is also excited about the potential of playing in the 2016 Fifa Club World Cup, which Sundowns will qualify for if they can win the Champions League.

“We want to play the best teams … and this also gives us a big opportunity. Maybe that is where we are also going to be seen, if we really want to play overseas. It will be a great achievement if we can do that (qualify).”

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