Despite Ajax Cape Town chairman, Ari Efstathiou, confirming that Khama Billiat’s move to Mamelodi Sundowns is complete, it has been revealed that that is not the case.
Speaking to Robert Marawa on Metro FM last night Efstathiou explained that Billiat to Sundowns was a ‘done deal’, although the Siya crew have been informed that Billiat is yet to sign anything with the Brazilians, despite transfer fees being agreed.
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Meanwhile, Sundowns refuted reports that they have paid R9m for the services of the 23-year-old Zimbabwean.
A statement on the club’s official website said, “Sundowns Senior Legal and Commercial Manager Yogesh Singh, last night rubbished speculation that Sundowns had paid the figure as reported on some websites. He confirmed that agreement had been reached between Sundowns and Ajax, but pointed out that negotiations were still continuing to close the club to player agreement.
“He also confirmed that lanky striker Eleazar Rodgers will be moving to Ajax once the club to player agreement has been sealed. Rodgers will join the Urban Warriors on a year-long loan.
“Reports published Thursday suggested that the deal for the player had been completed, and an amount of R9-m had been agreed upon.
“It has become regular for media to suck thumbs to determine how much had been paid for players, but Sundowns has over the years maintained that fees agreed are confidential, and does not apply in this case only.
“The Zimbabwean has been the subject of speculation in the last few months, linking him to a possible move to several clubs. It is an open secret that Billiat has been a target of Sundowns for some years now.”
The crew has been informed that Billiat’s move to Chloorkop is imminent, with just the finer details of the player’s personal terms to be worked out, although as it currently stands he remains an Urban Warrior.
By Joe Crann
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