George Lebese laments forgettable season for Kaizer Chiefs
Posted: 25 May 2017 Time: 14:00
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Lebese admits that the 2016/17 season has been one to forget following the disappointment of ending a second consecutive campaign without silverware.
Chiefs will close a barren campaign for the second year running for the first time since they were formed back in 1970, which is what is pumping up the voices of discord amongst those that stand with the country’s most popular club.
“It is very disappointing that this generation didn’t bring anything to the club,” says Lebese.
“It is not only for me but everyone even the ones that have won the trophies before, it is very disappointing because we carry great responsibility of representing the club so we are not happy with this season at all. It has been disappointing for me. It is more similar to what the club is going through so it is basically a season to forget,” he acknowledges.
With the fact-finding mission at Naturena scrutinising what actually went wrong Lebese believes blunders of their own making cost the Soweto giants dearly.
“A few tactics where we didn’t manage to win games and we made mistakes that cost us the three points. I mean going into our last three games we should have won at least two of those games and in that way we could have been competing for the league but because of our mistakes we couldn’t really compete and ended up out of it. We have learnt from it and we have to do better next season. I think in the games that we have won we know what we did right and we know how we won those games. So we keep on reflecting on that and drawing positives so that we go to the next season stronger,” he says adding that they will play this weekend’s dead rubber season-closing game against Bidvest Wits for the fans.
“From the players’ view we have our supporters to play for. We need to win that game for them and for us that a motivation behind it. Being at Kaizer Chiefs comes with the responsibility of representing the club well and so going to the game we want to get the points for our fans. It [the mood] is down a bit but it is also a learning one [season] in the sense that we know our mistakes and we know where we went wrong. Next season we will be more responsible and clever in our actions in terms of playing to win games. So this was a learning season again and we as players are responsible for making it right for our supporters. The results were not there but the performance was there and we learnt a lot. Next season I think we will start strongly,” elaborates Lebese.