WATCH: George Lebese joins US

George Lebese in action for Mamelodi Sundowns. Image: Samuel Shivambu/ BackpagePix (File photo)

WATCH: George Lebese joins US club in comeback to top-flight football

Winger George Lebese has been given an opportunity to revive his career after making an exit from Mamelodi Sundowns during the end of the transfer window.

WATCH: George Lebese joins US

George Lebese in action for Mamelodi Sundowns. Image: Samuel Shivambu/ BackpagePix (File photo)

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC have welcomed former Mamelodi Sundowns soccer player George Lebese into their team, announcing his move with a video and a statement on their website. 

“George is a player that we are incredibly excited about. He is in need of a fresh opportunity after many years of success in the South African Premier League. We look forward to supporting him and helping get his confidence back.”

Switchbacks head coach Alan Koch 

“When George is flowing, the team is flowing. He is going to be an integral part of our new-look team and he has the ability to unlock the opposition’s defense through his vision and passing ability.” Koch added.

Lebese said it was an honour to join the Switchbacks.  

 “I can’t extend my sincere gratitude and above all, I just want to thank God for everything.”

George Lebese’s stint at Mamelodi Sundowns

Lebese spent a year at Mamelodi Sundowns after taking up an offer with the Chloorkop-based team from Kaizer Chiefs. At the time, he branded his move as a dream come true seeing as he grew up in the capital city.

His dream quickly turned into a nightmare as he was benched for most of his time there, playing in just 14 matches with rumours of him being fatigued and unfit making their way to media reports. 

No hard feelings

Speaking to SowetanLIVE, Lebese said he wasn’t bitter over how his time at Sundowns played out.

“It was disappointing. It was a childhood dream. I’m glad that it happened. No hard feelings. Like I said‚ it wasn’t what I thought it would be.

“So, ja. I’m not angry. I’m just glad that I could easily tick that box and say‚ ‘I’ve fulfilled my dream’‚ rather than living with regrets,” he said. 

Reaction to Lebese’s move has been positive as his supporters are excited to see him progress into an international career. 

Uninspired and on the bench

During an interview with seasoned TV sports presenter Robert Marawa, Lebese opened up about the struggles he faced while at Mamelodi Sundowns where he barely got any game time. The Pretoria-based outfit failed to utilise Lebese’s skills, leaving him on the bench and uninspired. 

Lebese said he tried everything to be picked for appearances, but after losing 20kg, going on a strict diet and upping his fitness regime, he realised that there appeared to be other reasons as to why soccer coach Pitso Mosimane would not allocate him time on the pitch.  

“After Supersport I was told that I was not on the plans. I appreciated being told, ‘we don’t want you here, you’re not going to be used’. That’s better than going to training every day and nothing is happening,” said Lebese. 

The 30-year-old added that once he knew that Sundowns planned to drop him, he began making plans with his agent to finalise a move to another club.