“No one calls, and what I’ve heard, I think people have this illusion that I’m asking for big money… I don’t know about that,” said George Lebese On Robert Marawa’s Marawa TV.
The former Kaizer Chiefs attacking midfielder has been without a club since Mamelodi Sundowns decided not to renew his contract three months ago. It was rumoured this week that Amazulu were kind of interested but decided to pull the plug on that idea. Supersport United, a club he played for on loan for last season, were said to have called dibs on the 30-year-old’s signature after he left Downs. They changed their mind later when they figured Lebese would be a surplus to their requirement.
“Well, I think for now we are focusing on the players we have, I think we’ve got enough numbers in that position,” Supersport United coach Kaitano Tembo said.
“We’ve got [Aubrey] Modiba, [Kudakwashe] Mahachi, [Thabo] Qalinge and [Evans] Rusike so we are a bit loaded in that department for now, so we will only focus on what we have at the moment.”
What Tembo really meant to say was he doesn’t feel he is good enough to play for his team. We’ve seen this movie before. A player leaves a club that cherished him for Sundowns. He finds himself languishing on their bench and getting released three years later after playing only a hand full of games. There isn’t a market for him because no one has seen him play for months. His career ends and his girlfriend dumps him.
“It was a very difficult stage where I had to make a decision and quick. [There were] a lot of temptations and I wouldn’t blame it on anyone‚ and say [it was about] not getting proper advice‚” Lebese told Marawa.
“I’d say it was what I wanted then. I was still happy at Chiefs but there’s lot of other factors that came in and I was tempted to make that decision.”
Those “lot of factors” George Lebese speaks of start with the letter M and rhyme with the word money. A whole lot of money. I remember talking to a now Highlands Park player (who shall not be named) who used to train at the gym I used to work at. He was playing for Supersport United at the time and I asked him:
Me: Would he go Sundowns if they wanted to sign you?
Him: HELL YES!
Me: Even if you sit on the bench?
Him: Yes. I don’t care, I’ll be making three times what I’m making now.
It’s unfortunate that our players think like this. But most of them come from poor backgrounds so we cannot fault them. George Lebese is being punished now for one bad decision he made three years ago. He is perceived as a player who plays for money. He wants it to be known that this isn’t the case. I hope he finds a club because I still think he has some football left in him.