Former Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder George Lebese has confirmed that he has terminated his contract with second-tier USL Championship side Colorado Springs Switchbacks due to a USA travel ban.
The United States of America (US) president Joe Biden has closed the borders to South Africans and most non-US citizens entering America who have been in SA in a bid to contain the spread of a new variant of Covid-19.
In a tweet on Saturday, Lebese expressed his disappointment at the situation. “It is with a heavy heart that I have to terminate my contract with Switchbacks‚” he said.
“This pandemic has consumed and taken away from many people and now I am a living force of that. Due to the decision, the president of the US made on January 26 to close borders for SA with NO EXCEPTION!!! (sic).
“I am not able to travel to fulfil my contract with my team and after patiently waiting to see if it opens‚ two months are passing … and the club proposed a termination to minimise risk from both ends.
“I thank Switchbacks for the opportunity to be part of the team. This was honestly not an easy but heartfelt decision,” concluded Lebese.
The 32-year-old joined Switchbacks in December 2019 after parting ways with Sundowns. He was at Chiefs for almost a decade‚ and been a key part of their successful side that won two doubles in three years under Stuart Baxter‚ in the 2012/13 and 2014/15 seasons.
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By FARPost Reporter