George Lebese explains experience of losing weight to break into Mamelodi Sundowns team
Posted: 29 May 2018 Time: 18:00
Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder George Lebese has explained the experience of having to lose weight in order to play for the club, and confirms he will be staying next season.
Lebese endured a tough first season at Chloorkop, managing just 16 appearances in all competitions since his arrival from Kaizer Chiefs in August last year.
The 29-year-old was put through a rigorous training regime to whip him into shape, after coach Pitso Mosimane revealed that weight issues had hampered his progress within the team.
Admitting he was initially surprised by the order to lose a few kilograms, Lebese has since revealed the lifestyle changes he had to undergo to work his way back into the setup.
“For me, it came as a surprise [being told to lose weight]. I didn’t actually think I had a little bit more weight because I never had that problem before,” Lebese conceded.
“When it was mentioned to me to lose two-three kilos, they showed me videos of my old games and the reason why the team had to come and get me – it was because of certain movements and runs, so that becomes difficult when you have that excess weight.
“It was important even for my confidence, so I had to lose that weight. I had to cut on the food and train extra. I was training like four times a day – three times with the team and once on my own, late [in the evening].
“I was given a timeframe, so I knew I wouldn’t be part of the team until I’m done with that programme. I had to push really hard and it worked for me.”
Following his modest contribution to The Brazilians’ Absa Premiership success, Lebese is now looking forward to a “promising” 2018/19 campaign after a recent meeting held with the club’s management.
“Yeah, my first season was a good learning curve. I’ve already sat with the management and they told me exactly what’s expected of me [going forward],” he added.
“I didn’t get as much game-time as expected this season but it’s promising. I was told I’m still part of the team, so I’m happy to be here and hopefully next season will change.”