Komphela: Lebese exit a big blow
Posted: 14 August 2017 Time: 11:50
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela admits it was a big blow to lose winger George Lebese to Mamelodi Sundowns after spending most of his career at Naturena.
The 28-year-old Lebese departed Amakhosi this month and made his Brazilians debut as a second-half substitute during Sunday’s 1-0 MTN8 quarter-final defeat to Maritzburg United at Lucas Moripe Stadium.
Lebese, who made his PSL debut for Chiefs in the 2008/09 season under then-coach Muhsin Ertugral, spent nine seasons with the Soweto giants, scoring 22 goals in 147 appearances.
“It wasn't easy losing a player of Lebese's calibre. The kid grew up at Chiefs and spent nine years and it’s not easy, he was part of the family,” Komphela admitted.
“The club said we wish him well and, like in football business, it’s going to happen. You can see worldwide, Liverpool is fighting to keep [Philippe] Coutinho and he's gooing to go [to Barcelona] and that is the business of football.
“But it is a pity we lost him, he's one of the greatest players we've ever had at Chiefs.”
At Amakhosi, Lebese, who was often criticised by fans for a lack of consistency and effort in his game, won the Absa Premiership title twice, as well as the Nedbank Cup, MTN8 and Telkom Knockout trophies.