What are the facts?

Soccer Laduma - - Siyag Bhoza -

Lebese is out of favour… that seems very ev­i­dent. He’s re­port­edly bat­tled with his weight since mov­ing to Chloorkop, and in his first season, he made just 10 ap­pear­ances in the Absa Premier­ship as he strug­gled to try and break into Mosi­mane’s side on a reg­u­lar ba­sis over the course of the cam­paign. Now, with a third of the 2018/19 season hav­ing passed, things seem to have got­ten worse for the ex-Amakhosi man and he is now not even mak­ing the 18-man match­day squad.

The 29-year-old hasn’t made the bench in any of Sun­downs’ games so far, and the ar­rival of the likes of Phaka­mani Mahlambi, Jose Ali Meza and Toni Silva has seen him drop even fur­ther down the peck­ing or­der. He has started just seven games in all com­pe­ti­tions in to­tal since his ar­rival in 2017, and the fact that he has be­come al­most a for­got­ten man this season does not bode well for his ca­reer.

His 10 league ap­pear­ances in 2017/18 was his low­est re­turn in the Absa Premier­ship since 2010/11, with Lebese hav­ing played 20+ games in all of the fol­low­ing six sea­sons prior to his move to Sun­downs, and un­less things change dras­ti­cally, then 2018/19 could be­come his most in­ac­tive cam­paign since he joined the Glam­our Boys a decade ago.

The Siya crew spoke to Lebese’s agent, Steve Kapeluschnik, who ad­mit­ted that the player has be­come frus­trated with his lack of game-time, though in­sisted that Sun­downs were sym­pa­thetic with the attacker over his cur­rent sit­u­a­tion.

Kapeluschnik said, “Ge­orge has worked re­ally, re­ally hard to try and get into the team at Sun­downs since he got there. He was put on a spe­cial pro­gramme and went on to lose a lot of weight and got into the sort of shape they wanted to see.

“He has done what­ever has been asked, and of course he’s frus­trated that he’s not play­ing be­cause he came to Sun­downs to play. We’ve now met with the club and ex­plained his frus­tra­tions, which they un­der­stand, and they seemed very sym­pa­thetic to those frus­tra­tions. Whether he goes or not we don’t know. Let’s wait and see what hap­pens in the com­ing months.”

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