IN an emotionally packed Facebook post, football star George Lebese has opened up about his feelings and exiting Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the club says George struggled for minutes on the filed during his spell with the Brazilians.
“Lebese also returned from a short loan stint at our Tshwane rivals SuperSport United, but he, too, struggled for minutes on the field during his spell with the Brazilians,” – Statement by Mamelodi Sundowns.
“First of all, I’d like to take this moment to say thank you to everybody at Mamelodi Sundowns, from the President to the board, to the management, the coach and technical team, and of course my teammates, for the opportunity and experience that was granted to me when I became part of that team,” George Lebese says.
He says that joining the team when he did was something that made his family’s dreams come true in terms of representing his hometown team.
“It was (a) chapter of my career where I learned, grew and acquired immense mental development qualities for myself during the experience. I will forever be grateful and take these improved qualities with me everywhere that I go.
“The decision to ask management for my clearance to leave the team was not an easy one, but it was one that severely thought through after assessing all of the risks and possible outcomes of doing so. With that in mind, I want to thank Sundowns for the countless meetings that we had in order to get to this final decision of them finally accepting my plea to get my clearance,” says George Lebese.
George Lebese says that he has to see what opportunities lie ahead of him as far as his football career is concerned.
“…I am well aware of how difficult it can be for a club to release a player that they have invested in from a business perspective. Sometimes things don’t work out in football, and sadly my time at Chloorkop was just one of those things, I don’t harbour any ill-feeling about it.
“Thank you once more – a special shoutout goes to the @sundownsfc faithful – and I wish the team nothing but success in this new season as I look forward to seeing what will be the next step for my own career,” concludes George.
On their website’s news, the club confirmed that George has been released.
“Lebese also returned from a short loan stint at our Tshwane rivals SuperSport United, but he, too, struggled for minutes on the field during his spell with the Brazilians. The club and the player agreed to part ways yesterday (Monday),” reads a statement released by the club.
Sundowns also confirmed that Jeremy Brockie last night joined Maritzburg United on a season-long loan.
Another player who is also leaving Chloorkop is midfielder Sibusiso Khumalo, a player who spent the previous season out on loan at Bidvest Wits.
‘Sniper’ as Brockie is known joined Sundowns from SuperSport United in January last year and struggled for game time. The club wishes him well during his loan spell with the Team of Choice, who beat the transfer deadline to sign him.
Furthermore, Sundowns can confirm that Lucky Mohomi, Aubrey Ngoma and Jose Ali Meza have been registered for the 2019/20 season. And the same goes for Abram Ngcobo, Harold Majadibodu, and Nicholus Lukhubeni.
Sundowns confirmed the release of the 30-year-old in the final hours of the transfer window, this after the player was unable to find his feet at the club since putting pen to paper in 2017.
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