Baxter: Lebese is not the finished article


Lebese is one of six Chiefs players in Gordon Igesund's squad to take on Poland and Kenya later this month – the others being Itumeleng Khune, Mulomowandau Mathoho, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Bernard Parker – making Amakhosi the most represented club in the national team.

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The 23-year-old winger was handed his debut by Pitso Mosimane against Zimbabwe earlier this year.

"It is a nice reward for George Lebese. He has worked really hard in the past couple of weeks and we are all pleased for him," Baxter tells Kaizer Chiefs official website.

"George's game has been more solid. He has also retained his creativity. His development has improved quite a lot and the call up to the national team will help his development as a player."

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Baxter reveals that he has been doing some extra work with Lebese behind the scenes, and says he still has a long way to go.

"I worked on his movement with and without the ball. He also does lot of work defensively. He is of course not the finished article at this point in time and will need to continue working hard on his overall game," the coach says.

Lebese himself says the call-up will make him even more determined to excel: "I am so happy to be back in the national team picture but I see the call-up as a call to put even more effort into my game."

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