Former Mamelodi Sundowns forward George Lebese has sent the club his exit message.
Lebese’s message comes hours after Sundowns handed the player his clearance on Monday ahead of the midnight deadline.
In an emotional note via the player’s Instagram account, Lebese poured out his gratitude to the club that signed him from Kaizer Chiefs back in 2017.
“First of all, I’d like to take this moment to say thank you to everybody at Mamelodi Sundowns, from the President, to the board, to the management, the coach and technical team, and of course my teammates, for the opportunity and experience that was granted to me when I became part of that team,” he said in a caption.
“Joining Sundowns when I did was something that made my family's dreams come true in terms of representing my hometown team, and it was chapter of my career where I learned, grew and acquired immense mental development qualities for myself during the experience. I will forever be grateful and take these improved qualities with me everywhere that I go.
“The decision to ask management for my clearance to leave the team was not an easy one, but it was one that severely thought through after assessing all of the risks and possible outcomes of doing so. With that in mind, I want to thank Sundowns for the countless meetings that we had in order to get to this final decision of them finally accepting my plea to get my clearance.
“Now I have to see what opportunities lie ahead of me as far as my football career is concerned, and I am well aware of how difficult it can be for a club to release a player that they have invested in from a business perspective. Sometimes things don’t work out in football, and sadly my time at Chloorkop was just one of those things, I don’t harbour any ill feeling about it.
“Thank you once more - a special shoutout goes to the Sundowns faithful - and I wish the team nothing but success in this new season as I look forward to seeing what will be the next step for my own career,” the player concluded.
Meanwhile, Lebese’s status as a free agent means he could join any club outside the shut transfer window. It remains to be seen which club will come knocking for the 30-year-old left attacker.
Cape Town City could be a possible suitor after losing their left winger Gift Links and having to accept a rejected offer from Sundowns for Aubrey Ngoma.
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