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Mosa Lebusa can’t re­mem­ber the ex­act year it hap ppened, but he can clearly re­call what was said to him. Af­ter und der­go­ing tri­als in his teenage years at Mamelodi Sun­downs, the def fender was told he was too skinny and was turned away. Now 26, the for­mer Ajax Cape Town skip­per has com me full cir­cle af­ter join­ing the de­fend­ing Absa Premier­ship cham­pi­ons at the start of the sea­son, hav­ing ar­rived as one of the best de­fend­ers s in the coun­try. A win­ner of the MTN8 tro­phy with his for­mer club , Lebusa smiles when he thinks about the days he strug­gled to fin d a club be­cause he was con­sid­ered too skinny to play the e game. “I ac­tu­ally went to a lot of places for tri­als,” he re ecalls. “I still re­mem­ber I was a bit young when I came hereh to Sun­downs and they said I was too small be­cause I was skinny back then. I can’t re­mem­ber when it was, iti was far back. “I went to a few other places where they said I wa as too skinny as well, but luck­ily I then played in the e En­gen Knock­out in Bloem­fontein and the Ajax scouts we ere there and they saw me. I then moved to Cape Town in 2009.” ” The once scrawny teen is now a tall de­fender who o is both strong in the air and in the tackle, and will get a chance to com­petec against some of the most phys­i­cal teams on the con­ti­nent t in the CAF Cham­pi­ons League with his new side.

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