Kaizer Chiefs forward, Khama Billiat was the talk of the most recent transfer window, following interest from his former club, Mamelodi Sundowns.
The Zimbabwean international had spent a season in Naturena after leaving the Tshwane giants as a free agent, only to become the subject of a long-winded transfer saga spilling over to the early days of the ongoing campaign.
Khama Billiat breaks the silence
With the two clubs set to meet for the first time this season – in a friendly match on Saturday – Billiat has finally addressed the controversy that surrounded him throughout the past few months.
“I was trying not to read a lot and I was trying to stay focused, not to be distracted and it demanded a lot of mental strength from me. I think I couldn't have done better,” he told reporters ahead of the Shell Helix Ultra Cup clash.Khama Billiat
Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns had contrasting claims when addressing the issue.
The Brazilians said that they had made contact with Amakhosi regarding the player, with team manager Yogesh Singh declaring that there were talks in place between the two sides.
However, Chiefs denied this, sending out a scathing statement slamming Sundowns.Khama Billiat
Another side to the tale
Billiat says he was oblivious to what was happening, and is happy to remain where he is.
“I can't confirm that [they contacted me] because I don't know what was happening. I didn't get anything to my phone and everything [I know] I just read on social media,” he added.
“Like I said, I don't know what was happening, and I just thought it was rumours.
“I'm happy, this is my home and I have to make my environment as best as I want it to be – it's exactly what I hoped for and I just hope it will be like this forever.”Khama Billiat
With the international break in place for the weekend, Billiat is one of the more high-profile players not on national duty.
The player is in line to start in Saturday's friendly and is wary of the mind games his former club tends to play ahead of big fixtures.
“I don't know, I don't know… I don't know if they're still doing it [playing these mind games]. I know from my experience that it used to work.”Khama Billiat