Lebese to hand in Sun­downs trans­fer re­quest?

What the Siya crew has been told…

Soccer Laduma - - Siyag Bhoza -

Ge­orge Lebese’s days at Mamelodi Sun­downs could well be num­bered, with the attacker grow­ing more dis­il­lu­sioned with life at Chloorkop with ev­ery pass­ing day. The Brazil­ians paid Kaizer Chiefs a re­ported fee of around R3.5 mil­lion for Lebese last year – how­ever, he has strug­gled to stake a claim for a first team spot un­der coach Pitso Mosi­mane, and it now ap­pears that he could be on his way out in the not-so-dis­tant fu­ture.

The Siya crew re­vealed dur­ing the last July/ Au­gust trans­fer win­dow that Lebese, who will turn 30 in a few months’ time, was keen on a loan move away from the club as he sought to get his ca­reer back on track; how­ever, noth­ing ma­te­ri­alised at the time and he re­mained with Sun­downs, tar­get­ing a re­turn to ac­tion. Siya sources have re­vealed that the attacker re­quested meet­ings with club man­age­ment on sev­eral oc­ca­sions as he sought to dis­cuss this fu­ture, though those re­quests were not granted and the meet­ings con­se­quently never took place at the time. The crew has been told that, since then, the in­volved par­ties have met as Lebese’s fu­ture re­mains up in the air.

Now, with the for­mer Amakhosi star seem­ingly far down Mosi­mane’s peck­ing or­der, he is likely to look for an exit from the club in Jan­uary – whether on loan or on a per­ma­nent ba­sis – though a move could po­ten­tially be scup­pered by his high Sun­downs wages and the fact that he may not be too keen on a pay cut when mov­ing else­where. It is thought that, while Lebese is in­volved in first team train­ing at Chloorkop, he is not re­ally in­volved in the 11 v 11 ses­sions that Mosi­mane uses when look­ing to se­lect his start­ing XI for match day, sug­gest­ing that it could be some time – if at all – be­fore he is able to force his way into the reck­on­ing at Sun­downs.

As a Mamelodi lo­cal, Lebese was signed - in part - be­cause of his af­fil­i­a­tion with the club grow­ing up, and for that rea­son, it is thought that man­age­ment is ret­i­cent to let him leave, though they may be left with no choice if the player is force­ful in try­ing to res­ur­rect his ca­reer with a move to an­other Absa Premier­ship club.

Mean­while, it could also be noted that Lebese hasn’t posted any­thing Sun­downs-re­lated on his so­cial me­dia ac­counts since way back in July, some­thing that could also hint at un­hap­pi­ness at a club with whom he has been for just over a year.

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