On Lebese

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MINENHLE MKHIZE

MAMELODI Sun­downs are plan­ning to un­veil the duo of Oupa Many­isa and Ge­orge Lebese si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

Pi­rates have al­ready an­nounced that Many­isa is on his way to the African Cham­pi­ons.

In­de­pen­dent Me­dia sources con­firmed that Sun­downs are ne­go­ti­at­ing a trans­fer fee with Kaizer Chiefs re­gard­ing the ser­vices of Lebese.

“Sun­downs are dis­cussing per­sonal terms with Oupa. That’s why the club hasn’t made any of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment,” a source close to the deal who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity said.

It is be­lieved the two clubs also want to do a swap deal in Oupa’s trans­fer. Sun­downs’ Ku­dak­washe Ma­hachi, who is on loan at La­montville Golden Ar­rows, is on Pi­rates’ radar. The player has ap­par­ently re­fused to leave Ar­rows too join Pi­rates.

Many­isa is al­ready at Chloorkop.

Lebese has en­dured a frus­trat­ing time since Steve Kom­phela got to Chiefs.

“The boy has al­ready in­di­cated to Chiefs he isn’t happy and he wants a new chal­lenge,” said an­other source. “Chiefs and Sun­downs have to reach an agree­ment so he can leave. Sun­downs has been chas­ing this boy for a while.”

Lebese has been miss­ing for two weeks in row at Chiefs matches. De­spite fans vot­ing for him to start at the Car­ling Black La­bel Cham­pi­ons Cup last week when Chiefs, Lebese was not on the pitch.

Club spok­er­per­son Vina Maphosa de­fended Lebese’s ab­sence: “He was in­jured in the Black La­bel. That’s why he didn’t play. We even an­nounced that publicly.”

Lebese was once again con­spic­u­ous by his ab­sence on Satur­day when Amakhosi lost 1-0 to Chippa United in East Lon­don in the Premier’s Cup.

“We didn’t travel with all of our play­ers to East Lon­don. Check our line up. No­body has told me about Lebese talk­ing to Sun­downs. I don’t know (any­thing) about that,” Maphosa elab­o­rated.

Chiefs won’t have a prob­lem re­plac­ing Lebese though.

They re­cently signed Dum­sani Zuma, who op­er­ated on both wings when he came on for Chiefs at the week­end. Phi­lani Zulu, who has been used as left-back since he has ar­rived at Amakhosi, can also play as winger. And there is also Ed­more Chi­ram­badare, who won the club’s Most Im­proved Player award.

Sun­downs see Lebese as a proper re­place­ment for Kea­gan Dolly, who left the club in Jan­uary to pur­sue his ca­reer in France where he is play­ing for Mont­pel­lier.

Sun­downs spokeper­son Thu­lani Thuswa said he could not com­ment on a player still con­tracted to an­other club. But he did ad­mit they were talk­ing to Many­isa.

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