Pitso Mosimane says George Lebese is still adjusting to Mamelodi Sundowns' style
Posted: 6 December 2017 Time: 11:03
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says George Lebese is taking time to adjust at Chloorkop as the Brazilians attack differently to Kaizer Chiefs.
Lebese has struggled for regular game-time since his shock move to Sundowns in August after nine years with Chiefs.
The attacker made a cameo appearance as a 67th-minute replacement for Sibusiso Vilakazi in the 4-0 rout of Baroka last night, having missed the Tshwane giants' previous three matches.
In the match before Lebese suffered the ignominy of being substituted after coming on early for Thokozani Sekotlong in a Telkom Knockout 1-0 loss to Chippa United on October 29.
Mosimane says he decided to give Lebese minutes against Bakgaga to lift his confidence.
"[He showed] nice touches," said 'Jingles' of the ex-Amakhosi winger.
"The game was a little bit open to give him confidence. Also, I had to give him a chance because we have been playing from the beginning and he hasn’t got the rhythm yet. It takes time.
"But when it's 3-0 it's always good to give guys [a chance] who don't get a chance to play. I could have played [Oupa] Manyisa and others but I wanted to give George a chance to get confidence; to give [Yannick] Zakri a chance to get confidence. It also makes sure that you bring confidence to the group because you might need George; might need Zakri in the next game."
Mosimane pointed out that Downs attack differently to Lebese's long-time former club.
"The way we are playing, he understands the movements and all that but you must also understand the three attackers upfront also go out on the break quicker. I think you can see we go out with Percy [Tau]; we go out with Khama [Billiat] quicker and it is not the way he used to play for the last nine years where he is playing on the side of the line there.
"We don’t play on the line to cross, you have to come inside like 'Mshishi' [Themba Zwane]. He is winger but he comes more inside and has to go forward. And when we defend deeper you know [Hlompho] Kekana is gonna put it out longer for someone to go out. He has to adjust to that, that’s the difference of how we play and how he used to play."