Where to from here for George Lebese?

By Nasri Alexander - 03 September 2019Views : 4409


When George Lebese signed a contract with Mamelodi Sundowns in 2017 it seemed he had taken a step in the right direction with his career path.

Sundowns were already starting to assert their dominance on the local football landscape and were, in 2016, crowned as CAF Champions League winners.

Pitso Mosimane was building a dynasty and Lebese, then at the peak of his powers at the age of 28, joined a football club that was making waves, not only in South Africa but on the continent.

It has, however, not gone according to plan for the former Kaizer Chiefs dribbling wizard as he was not able to convince Mosimane that he deserved a regular spot in a star-studded Sundowns starting XI.

The player's inactivity saw him seek a move elsewhere to get some game time and another Tshwane team, Supersport United, took him on loan for the last six months of last season.

Lebese, though, did not impress enough with Matsatsantsa and no deal was forthcoming.

Sundowns decided to cut their losses and released the player this week, with Lebese now free to join any club even though the transfer window has closed.

The problem, though, is which Premiership club would be willing to take a chance on a player that has been largely inactive for close to two full seasons.

And where do you go after leaving Masadawana? Not many sides in the league can match the salary that Lebese would have been receiving at Chloorkop and those that could, it seems, are not interested.

Supersport United have washed their hands off the player, a move back to Kaizer Chiefs appears to be dead in the water, while Orlando Pirates seem to have a settled squad, especially in the forward areas.

Bidvest Wits head coach Gavin Hunt is known to give seasoned campaigners in the PSL another chance but would Lebese fit in with the Clever Boys' style of play?

If Lebese were to take a pay cut, which is looking likely, plenty of teams in the league could do with his services.

Cape Town City is a viable option and the player could follow in the footsteps of Mpho Makola, who looks a reinvigorated footballer since his move to the Mother City from the Buccaneers.

And he made the trek from Soweto at the age of 33.

Maybe Lebese needs someone of the stature of Benni McCarthy, who has seen and done it all, to guide him back to his best.

The Citizens have also just sold a crafty winger in 20-year-old Gift Links, to an overseas club, and getting Lebese, who granted is much older, on board is the closest to a like-for-like replacement if his head is screwed on properly.

Playing at the foot of Table Mountain could be just the tonic Lebese needs to find his mojo.