Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says George Lebese’s failure was nothing personal and every club releases players.
Lebese, without any real shock, was released by Sundowns days before the September 2 transfer deadline. The Mamelodi-born player left Chloorkop two years since leaving from Kaizer Chiefs in one of the highest-profile moves of 2017 when he fell out of favour with the then Chiefs coach Steve Komphela.
Now with over a week since leaving Sundowns, coach Mosimane has broken the silence to say that the 30-year-old player was not at all ill-treated.
"We gave him a chance‚ let’s be honest,” Mosimane said via TimesLIVE.
"He played games and sometimes when it doesn’t work out players tend to say other things. Some are honest and say 'look I got a chance to play and I was training every day'.”
Mosimane added that while some players will move on to sulk and point fingers through the media, you do get some footballers who undeniably worked work but were unfortunate to earn a regular starting place.
"Some would probably say 'I was victimized because I was doing exceptionally well at training and I was not given a chance to play'.”
"I don’t victimise players because I don’t like you as a person. We are football people and our common objective is for Sundowns to win games.”
The man known as ‘Jingles’ also argued that every other club makes these tough players decisions at the end of every season. However, Sundowns just face a lot more scrutiny.
“Teams like Sundowns‚ Chiefs and Pirates we are all affected.”
"Even Wits signed players last year‚ did they play?” said Mosimane when asked for the reasons that led to the decision to offload Lebese.
“It's life and it happens. Even the smaller clubs signed players they've now released. These things happen‚ it’s just that we (Sundowns) are in the spotlight.”
The former Bafana Bafana coach continued to apply more emphasis on him having no personal issues with Lebese.
“I don’t have an agenda”.
"Also‚ it doesn’t mean that a coach will always like the personality of a player but at the end of the day we are not in a popularity contest,” added Mosimane.
"We are in a football environment and if a player is good and playing well then he must play.”
"A player will prove you wrong on the pitch. The coach can’t hide it‚ if the guy plays well and scores‚ we have to give him an opportunity to play again.”
“So it is good that he acknowledged that there were mental strength issues. He is a very good football player but you have to make it because you are judged by that.”
"He spent more than a year with us and he was given a chance to play to be honest,” concluded Mosimane.
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