Jabu “Pule” knows all about troubled lifestyles. The former Kaizer Chiefs superstar is confident the same issue affected George Lebese. Pule believes it's time to speak about this issues.
While Lebese finds himself at home without a club (released by Mamelodi Sundowns), Jabu has been available to offer the reasons why.
“I always speak about things that people don’t want to speak about. Especially when I can relate – because I’ve played‚” Jabu said to TimesLIVE today.
The Daveyton-born legend went on to claim that Lebese’s ill-discipline is something that is known. However, he would not reveal details beyond the indulgence in long nights out.
“Discipline off the field killed George at Chiefs. That’s a fact,” he said. “I won’t say what he was doing. When I say off the field – ill-discipline‚ sleeping early in the mornings.”
The former Bafana Bafana attacker, known as “Shuffle” and “Ngwana wa Tshwenya” in his day, crucially added that Lebese didn’t lead the lifestyle as a loner. There were others.
“Not only him. But sometimes we can do that together‚ but I suffer and then you remain. It’s life. So‚ off the field discipline was a big problem,” Pule added.
The 39-year-old, who these days enjoys a television punditry career with SuperSport TV, concluded his comments with some rather fed-up remarks. Pule mentions former Chiefs star Hendrick Ekstein and himself is necessary warning examples for the current generation of local footballers.
“It’s like Ekstein. Ekstein is from where my mother comes from in Randfontein. His house is three away from mine.”
“Simply – lifestyle. There was a time when Bobby [Motaung‚ Chiefs’ football manager] told him‚ ‘You are a good player‚ you can be something else in this club. But‚ your lifestyle’.”
“He told him‚ ‘We had players like Jabu Mahlangu who you don’t get halfway to in terms of talent’. But because of his lifestyle…”
“And it’s good. They must use me as an example. If they [players] want to call me‚ I will tell them‚ ‘If you live like this‚ you won’t go anywhere’.”
“Because that’s the only way we will make football players [understand]. Because we are known for not thinking‚ just spending money. When is that thing going to end?”
“Because at some point that curse must end. But when are we going to break it? But we break that curse by telling them the truth,” concluded the Chiefs legend.
Meanwhile, Lebese is still without a football club. The Mamelodi-born player could join any suitor outside of the transfer window due to his free agent status.
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