Swallows boss explains Lebese snub


Swallows FC head coach Brandon Truter has detailed why the club opted against signing former Kaizer Chiefs winger George Lebese.

Lebese returned to South Africa earlier this year after a stint in the United States with the Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

The 32-year-old was then unfortunate to be unable to return for a second season due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

He was then met with a further setback after a deal to join Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (now Marumo Gallants) was scuppered due to being unable to receive his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

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It appeared that he may have found a new home with the Dube Birds after spending most of the pre-season with the club but Truter confirmed in the pre-match press conference ahead of their MTN8 clash against Orlando Pirates that Lebese didn't fit the profile of player the club were targeting.

"George Lebese, what a player, top, top quality. But unfortunately, I wouldn't say we didn't reach an agreement as George mentioned," he said on Wednesday morning.

"We didn't get to the negotiation part and I have to be honest in that regard. George is a top player there's no doubt about it, he is quality, his achievements, the facts are all there to see.

"Unfortunately for George, his style of play and what he can bring to the table didn't really fit the Swallows way and we need to really look at the club first before any individual."

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Truter reiterated that the talented winger showed incredible ability but he wasn't the right fit for the club who are aiming to improve on their 2020/21 campaign which they finished in fifth place in the DStv Premiership.

"George was very good when he was here, you could see his qualities and what he can do but we have a certain philosophy and playing style at Swallows that we want to maintain," Truter explained.

"There are certain aspects in the team that are non-negotiable and unfortunately he lost out in that regard. I wish him all the best, nice bloke, great personality and a top, top footballer but it wasn't the time for George at Swallows."

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