George Lebese is now a Sundowns player. Photo: Samuel Shivambu, BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN – At long last, it’s happened – George Lebese has left Kaizer Chiefs and joined Mamelodi Sundowns!

The long-running transfer saga was completed on Thursday when Sundowns announced on their Twitter feed that Lebese was now a Masandawana player.

“Let’s welcome home local hero George Lebese!” Sundowns said on their website.

Amakhosi winger Lebese has been out of the mix for Chiefs, and did not feature in the two main pre-season outings – the Champion Cup and Premier’s Cup.

“The deal was concluded this afternoon,” Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung said on the team website.

“We’ve seen Lebese grow with us, and we released him at his request. We are happy that the negotiations went well and an agreement has been reached with Sundowns. 

“Kaizer Chiefs do not stand in the way when the players express their desire to leave. It’s our policy. We thank Lebese for his contribution to the success of the team, and wish him all of the best in his future endeavours.”

The 28-year-old, who has six Bafana Bafana caps, was rumoured to be part of a possible swap deal to Sundowns, with midfielder Mzikayise Mashaba joining Kaizer Chiefs, but there was no word in that regard on Thursday afternoon.


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