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Lebese: I was training four times a day

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)

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