Boost for Sun­downs as Chiefs sell them un­set­tled Lebese

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MAZOLA MOLEFE team Sun­downs “for an undis­closed fee”. Lebese had one more year to run on his con­tract and had long hinted his fu­ture might be away from the club when he took to so­cial me­dia Twit­ter dur­ing pre-sea­son in Jan­uary. Aubrey Ngoma of Cape Town

KAIZER Chiefs say they have re­leased star mid­fielder Ge­orge Lebese, to join ri­vals Mamelodi Sun­downs at the play­ers’ re­quest. Amakhosi foot­ball man­ager Bobby Mo­taung was quoted on the club’s web­site late yes­ter­day con­firm­ing the 28-year-old had been sold to his boy­hood and claimed he’d be happy to wear any foot­ball jersey as long as he is on the pitch. Sun­downs had been look­ing for a re­place­ment for Bafana in­ter­na­tional Kea­gan Dolly, who joined French Ligue 1 out­fit Mont­pel­lier re­leased him at his re­quest. Kaizer Chiefs do not stand in the way when play­ers ex­press their de­sire to leave. It’s our pol­icy and we wish Lebese well.”

Chiefs will now likely hunt for their own re­place­ment of the winger and have un­til Au­gust 31, when the trans­fer win­dow shuts. The sale of Lebese means the Glamour Boys will now host Su­perS­port United to­mor­row night in Dur­ban mi­nus a player who was cer­tainly pop­u­lar with the fans, but not so much with coach Steve Kom­phela. He fea­tured in 22 league ap­pear­ances last sea­son, mostly from the bench as he played sec­ond fid­dle to Ed­more Chi­ram­badare.

He be­comes the third big name sign­ing for Sun­downs so far fol­low­ing the ar­rival of Ghana­ian goal­keeper Brimah Razak and Or­lando Pi­rates cap­tain Oupa Many­isa last week.

The Brazil­ians host Mar­itzburg United at Lu­cas Moripe Sta­dium in the MTN8 quar­ter-fi­nal on Sun­day, but it is un­likely Lebese will fea­ture, while Many­isa could be on the bench at least. @su­per­journo

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