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RUMOUR has it that Khama Billiat is set to be handed the legendary jersey number 11 at Kaizer Chiefs.

Khama Billiat. File image

RUMOUR has it that Khama Billiat is set to be handed the legendary jersey number 11 at Kaizer Chiefs.

The 28-year-old forward put to bed speculation about his future on Friday when he signed a three-year deal with Amakhosi.

And Independent Media has been reliably informed that Billiat could possibly don the legendary jersey No 11 for Amakhosi in the new season.

“Billiat will wear jersey number 11 at Chiefs. The club bosses offered him the number and he was happy and agreed to wear it,” a source revealed.

The iconic number was made famous by stars such as Nelson “Teenage” Dladla, Jabu “Shuffle” Pule, Emmanuel “Scara” Ngobese, Abia Nale and Knowledge Musona, during his loan spell at Chiefs.

All these stars were big achievers at the club.

Billiat’s agent, Mike
Ngobeni of M-Sport-
Management didn’t, however, want to comment about the news linking Billiat with the jersey

“The right people to answer your questions are Kaizer Chiefs I can’t be making announcements for Chiefs,” Ngobeni said.

It was though revealed that Billiat will combine with Leonardo Castro, with whom he formed the famous CBD (Castro, Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly) attack at Sundowns.

Dolly, who is now plying his trade in France with Montpelier, will be the only one missing.

Chiefs’ Communication Manager Vina Maphosa didn’t want to give anything away about the jersey number that they will be offering Billiat.

“Jersey presentation is a very special announcement. You can’t just reveal that. If I tell you now, what are you going to write when we have the press conference? I hope you understand,” Maphosa said evasively.

Chiefs, meanwhile, are looking to end their three-year barren run in the new season. The club hasn’t won a trophy since their 2014/15 campaign, and are also pushing hard to gain the services of a top-class coach to take over the position that was left vacant when Steve Komphela quit following the team’s defeat by Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-final with three matches of the previous season still remaining.

Billiat will be given the opportunity to square up to his former teammates even before the season officially opens when Chiefs take on Sundowns in the inaugural pre-season Shell Helix Ultra Cup on July 21 at
the FNB
Stadium.