Football star Khama Billiat inks record US$50 000 deal with Yadah

Former Warriors attacker set for US$5 000 salary

By Sports Reporter

Yadah football club are believed to have parted with a princely US$50 000 plus to secure the services of highly rated former Warriors star Khama Billiat who makes a return to the domestic premiership after successful stints with South African top clubs Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs.

The deal saw the ambitious Harare outfit beat football giants Dynamos to Billiat’s signature.

Until the last 48 hours, Billiat was billed to sign for Dembare but appears to have been snapped by the Miracle Boys.

Yadah also beat other suitors Manica Diamonds, Simba Bhora, Caps United and Ngezi Platinum Stars in securing the services of the 33-year-old football talent.

The deal, according to sources, will see the PHD Ministries-owned club pay an eye-popping US$50 000 signing on fees and a monthly salary of about US$5 000.

Billiat jetted in the country Tuesday night and was received at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport by Yadah officials led by the club’s chief executive officer Admire Mango and chairperson Everson Chatambudza.

He was whisked away in a convoy of top-of-the-range vehicles to a local hotel.

The spectacle happened in front of a group Dynamos supporters who had thronged the airport to receive the football star following reports Billiat was destined for the Glamour Boys.

Sources said the player had initially agreed to join Dynamos before other clubs, including Yadah, came knocking.

As soon as the negotiations turned into a bidding war, there was going to be only one winner, with Yadah gazumping rivals including Manica Diamonds who had reportedly prepared a package of US$20 000 signing on fees and a US$4 000 monthly salary, thrice what Dynamos was prepared to pay.

Images of Billiat with Yadah benefactor Scott Sakupwanya and close associate Mike Chimombe at a local hotel emerged Wednesday as it became clear that the midfielder had decided to join the Miracle Boys.

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