Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder George Lebese not upset about lack of game-time
Posted: 2 June 2018 Time: 11:00
Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder George Lebese says there was nothing ominous about his lack of game-time this season, and he is not overly disappointed about it.
Lebese opted for greener pastures at the start of the 2017/18 campaign as he departed Kaizer Chiefs for a move his hometown club in Mamelodi.
The 29-year-old, though, found the going tough at his new stomping ground, where he managed just 10 Absa Premiership appearances as The Brazilians clinched a record eighth title.
Despite his struggles to break into the team, Lebese says it was much easier to bear with a man-manager like coach Pitso Mosimane, who also gave instructions as to how to improve his appearance tally.
“It was disappointing not to be playing as much at first, but the man-management with the coach was the difference,” explained Lebese.
“When you know what you have to work on and towards, it’s easier to bear [not playing] than when you don’t know why you’re not playing.
“They sat me down and explained what I needed to do to be in the team, because it wasn’t a technical issue, it was just being in a good condition to match up to the other guys.
“You know, with Sundowns playing every three days, I had to get conditioned for that so after about three weeks they gave me a progress report and said I’m up for selection again. I then made it onto the bench a couple of times, but the team was doing well, so…”
Having spent nine years at Naturena, ‘Geeza’ further explained that he also had to adapt to the style of play at Chloorkop, with Mosimane already having assured a bigger role for him next season.
“When the coach sat me down, I had to work on certain aspects of my game because you know how Sundowns plays,” he added.
“But he said it doesn’t matter which players play, what matters is that the team wins, and the structure must be there.
“So, now I think I’ve adapted. He sat me down and said I look ready for next season, and I should continue this way and I’ll actually play a lot more than I did this past season.”