Billiat’s move means an 88% salary cut

By Michael Madyira

Former Kaizer Chiefs star Khama Billiat’s career and finances have taken a drastic dip after he sealed a move to Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League side Yadah FC.

From earning a reported R850,000 a month not so long ago, Billiat has slid down to a R95,000 pay packet, as widely reported by Zimbabwean media. That translates to a whopping 88% loss in earnings.

Having signed for Yadah, who narrowly escaped relegation last season, Billiat’s market value has also drastically dropped to R8.2-million from R41-million, according to Transfermarkt.

Despite settling for what looks like a pouch of pennies compared to his Kaizer Chiefs pay cheque, he will still be the highest-paid player in Zimbabwe’s domestic league.

“Considering his huge profile and that he was also the highest-paid player at Kaizer Chiefs, we had to table a very good offer for him and we believe he is worth it,” Yadah chairman Everson Chatambudza told Zimpapers.

The 33-year-old resurfaced in his home country when some felt he still had a lot to offer South African football.

But his star continues to fade after rejecting a salary cut at Chiefs. What he will be earning in Zimbabwe is a far cry from what he would have got at Amakhosi had he accepted a new deal.

Initially, it was reported that Yadah would loan him out to Harare giants Dynamos FC to keep him attractive in the market as he eyes a move to Saudi Arabia, but this is not the case.

“We have no plans to loan him out,” Chatambudza said.

“We believe that his experience will come in handy for Yadah. We would not be paying a record-breaking fee for him just to empower our rivals. He is a player with such a big profile and it helps with our commercial drive … as well as brand visibility.”

Billiat signed a one-year contract with Yadah, a club owned by the wealthy but controversial prophet Walter Magaya, the founder and leader of Prophetic, Healing and Deliverance Ministries.

Pictured above: Former Kaizer Chiefs forward Khama Billiat.

Image source: Kaizer Chiefs

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