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REVEALED: A first Zimbabwe star at Man Utd...?

Zimbabwe international attacker Khama Billiat was once seriously considered by Manchester United, it has been revealed.

Cape Town City chairman John Comitis has revealed how close Billiat came to a United move in 2012.

“I remember having a very good conversation about Billiat with Bryan Robson, who was then a scout at Manchester United when they came down here for a friendly match with our team," Comitis told the Sunday Mail.

“They were impressed by Billiat and only wanted to see if his goal-scoring ability would improve. They were concerned with how good he was when it came to putting the ball into the net regularly.

“At that time, he wasn't scoring as much as he went on to do later in his career. He was still young and sometimes lacked that consistency, which these Manchester United guys were searching for. He was eventually sold to Sundowns, which I think was a very good move."

Now 29, Billiat plays for Kaizer Chiefs in South Africa.

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