Steve Komphela opens up about George Lebese's lack of game-time
Posted: 19 April 2017 Time: 10:51
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has opened up about midfielder George Lebese's struggles for game-time and consistency this season.
Lebese has endured a stuttering season thus far, managing just four goals in 12 starts in the Absa Premiership and playing a bit part role in their ongoing Nedbank Cup campaign.
The 28-year-old scored the all-important goal – his first since November last year – in their victory over Chippa United last weekend, sending Komphela into a state of elation as he celebrtated uncharacteristically along the touchline.
The victory has since steered Amakhosi joint top of the log with Cape Town City, as the league race fast approaches is climax.
The former Free State Stars mentor revealed that Lebese has been troubled by a series of injuries, which is why he has seen so little action of late.
"With George, even last week when we went to Bloemfontein [to play Celtic on Wednesday], we had to leave him behind because he had a pain on the top bone of his foot," said Komphela.
"So he would hit the ball [and feel pain] and last week when we came [to face Acornbush United] we tried him – he was hitting the ball but he could still feel the pain.
"Then we said, '[when we go to] Bloemfontein, George stay behind, let our medics deal with you and see if we can win you back and go to Mbombela with you.'
"Against Acornbush he just couldn't make it and he then missed the Celtic game because of the injury. He comes to me on Saturday and says, 'I'm feeling much better coach, we can play'.
"Before the Acornbush game, and even before that, George came from an injury. If you remember, I don't remember which match it was exactly where he got out, he's been trying and trying [to come back] but it was the back [injury] then it was the foot."
Chiefs and Lebese have the week off ahead of their next test in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal against defending champions SuperSport United at the FNB Stadium on Saturday (18h00).