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Lebese’s po­ten­tial suit­ors…

As afore­men­tioned, Lebese has lim­ited op­tions if he’s not will­ing to take a sub­stan­tial pay cut in or­der to move on, with only a hand­ful of clubs in South Africa hav­ing the re­sources to pay even close to the wages that he is cur­rently earn­ing at Chloorkop.

Kaizer Chiefs re­turn?

It’s un­likely, but Lebese’s for­mer em­ploy­ers, Kaizer Chiefs, are one of the clubs that could po­ten­tially pay the man some­thing close to what he’s look­ing for, and their cur­rent form does sug­gest that they would be on the look­out for new sign­ings should the right ones present them­selves. That be­ing said, Chiefs do have an abun­dance of at­tack­ers at present, and may need to look at of­fload­ing be­fore con­sid­er­ing a move for their academy prod­uct.

Could the Buc­ca­neers save him?

A move to the other side of Soweto would seem just as un­likely at this point in time, es­pe­cially given the fact the Or­lando Pi­rates are cur­rently fly­ing high in the Absa Premier­ship and their left-sided attacker, Vin­cent Pule, is one of the most in-form play­ers in the league. How­ever, the club’s man­age­ment may be tempted to take a chance on Lebese if he is avail­able cheap, es­pe­cially given the op­por­tu­nity to snatch a player who, for a long time, was a fan favourite at their most bit­ter ri­vals.

Change of scenery could suit the attacker…

Benni Mc­Carthy may see Lebese as a player that he could po­ten­tially work with and get back on track if he could be per­suaded to make a switch out­side of Gaut­eng for the first time in his ca­reer. At 29, Lebese is no longer a young­ster that can speak of his ‘po­ten­tial’, though Mc­Carthy could be a coach that could get the best out of him. The fi­nan­cial side of things, and their cur­rent per­son­nel, may be a stum­bling block for Cape Town City. How­ever, he is a big-name player that could maybe help them on and off the field.

How about their cross-city ri­vals?

If he’s not look­ing to move too far from home, then Lebese could con­sider a switch to the blue side of Tsh­wane, with Su­perS­port United an­other club that has the re­sources to pay wages good enough for the attacker to look at. There has been plenty of busi­ness done be­tween Masan­dawana and Mat­sat­santsa in the past; how­ever, it does ap­pear that the lat­ter is now tak­ing a more prag­matic ap­proach with re­gards to pro­mot­ing their youth play­ers rather than bring­ing in big names on big wages from out­side.

Gavin Hunt to the res­cue?

The only other club that could pos­si­bly af­ford Lebese’s wages are cur­rent log lead­ers, Bid­vest Wits. Gavin Hunt has a rep­u­ta­tion for giv­ing older play­ers a chance over the years and could be the sort of coach that the attacker needs to try and res­ur­rect his ca­reer be­fore it’s too late. Wits do have play­ers who play in Lebese’s po­si­tion, though, and might be afraid of up­turn­ing things too much hav­ing turned around their dif­fi­cult 2017/18 Absa Premier­ship cam­paign and made a smooth start to the cur­rent season.

And the oth­ers…

There is no doubt that ev­ery other club in the Premier Soc­cer League would be keen to bring Lebese on board, at the right price and if the op­por­tu­nity was af­forded to them, though a lot of the clubs would in all like­li­ness aim to se­cure him on a loan move in which they weren’t asked to pay all of the player’s wages. Lebese may be open to that idea, in search of reg­u­lar foot­ball, though the same might not be said of his cur­rent em­ploy­ers.

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