WARRIORS forwards Khama Billiat and Cuthbert Malajila are set to get a Christmas windfall of at least $10 000 each, for their part in Mamelodi Sundowns’ 2015 Telkom Knockout Cup success.By Munyaradzi Madzokere
The Brazilians beat Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium last week to win the cup.
Club owner and billionaire mining magnate Patrice Motsepe said the players could share the whole amount between themselves, ensuring a merry Christmas for the Zimbabwean duo of Malajila and Billiat.
Sundowns’ technical advisor Angelo Tsichlas announced that the tournament’s prize money amounting to R4 million, roughly $267 000, will be shared among the players this festive season.
“It was a great feeling to win the Telkom Cup and then four days later winning the important league match against a great team that played in the Caf Confederations Cup. We are proud of the players, the coach and everyone involved at Sundowns,” Tsichlas he said.
“There is no question about the prize money. The president (Motsepe) made it clear the prize money belongs to the players.”
Zimbabwe internationals Billiat and Malajila, will be smiling all the way to the bank this Christmas.
The money is over and above what is provided for by terms of their contracts.
In rand terms, the Zimbabweans stand to pocket at least 150 000 Rand each, thus capping the year 2015 in style, while the bid for the South African League championship continues into the New Year.
Sundowns are currently tied on 26 points with Bidvest Wits 12 matches into the season.
The two Warriors strikers have more reason to smile, as their team is perched at the summit of the league table having struck a rich vein of form that has seen them win seven of their last eight matches.
Billiat has been particularly irresistible upfront, despite scoring just three goals, while Malajila has found the net twice.
The two will be hoping to win the league title with the Brazilians.