Ex-Chiefs calls out Kungwane, Lebese


Another retired former Kaizer Chiefs player has come out to describe the "toxic" environment that was allegedly cultivated at the club in the 1990s.

From first coming to South Africa to work in the mines earning R600, retired Lesotho international Lekoane Lekoane then found himself signed up with Kaizer Chiefs in 1995 arriving to an environment that was not kind to players from outside Soweto.

Much like David Modise and Marco Mthembu told KickOff.com in exclusive interviews last year, Lekoane has now come out to further confirm their stories about how they were reportedly victimised by certain figures.

"Chiefs wasn’t a fertile environment to succeed at the time because of the animosity which prevailed. There were some players who had so much of this entitlement mentality which made them think Chiefs is their club and that only players from Gauteng must play for them," Lekoane tells KICK OFF magazine in the March edition currently on sale.

"You know that primitive mindset that some locals tend to have about things that don’t even belong to them. When you are from Lesotho or from the farms in the Free State, the players from the townships in Gauteng like Soweto will look down on you.

"These guys from the Gauteng townships don’t see you as human enough. Maybe they feel threatened. I think they hate the feeling of being challenged by someone they consider as not being one of theirs."

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Lekoane, who is now back home in Lesotho, says he even had a confrontation with Thabang Lebese that turned ugly and led to him striking the late forward with a snooker stick.

This was part of a long list of events that eventually forced Lekoane to leave Chiefs. 

"The people whose attitude was stinking towards me were Thabang Lebese and Isaac Kungwane. Thabang and Isaac had so much jealousy in them. Maybe they had issues with the fact that I didn’t need an appointment to speak with Kaizer Motaung," he says in part of the three-page interview carried as a ‘Where are they now?’ feature.

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