Swallows FC head coach Brandon Truter has explained in detail why the club opted not to sign winger, George Lebese.
Lebese was training with the Soweto side for a while with the hope of earning a contract.
However, in terms of playing style, Lebese doesn’t have what Truter is looking for and as a result, the winger remains clubless.
“You can be the best player but if it affects the whole make-up of the squad and how we want to play then I would rather side with the team than the individual,” said Truter, who admitted that Lebese is a quality player.
“Lebese, what a player. Top top quality. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t say we didn’t reach an agreement, as George mentioned in the media. We didn’t get to the negotiation part, I have to be honest in that regard.
“George is a top player, there’s no doubt about it. But we also had to get the right players in the right positions, and the right characteristics as well.
“Unfortunately for George, his style of play and what he can bring to the table didn’t really fit Swallows’ way. We needed to look at the club first before we considered anything else,” added Truter.
The ‘Dube Birds’ mentor emphasised that he would have loved to bring Lebese on board but due to the ‘Birds’ style of play it was not possible.
“We have a playing style at Swallows that we want to maintain and there are certain aspects within the team that are non-negotiable.
“And unfortunately George lost out in that regard. I wish him nothing but the best going forward. What a nice bloke as well, a great personality and a top footballer. Sadly at Swallows FC, it wasn’t the right time for George.”
The former Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns will continue his search for a new home.
‘Maswaiswai’ will take on rivals Orlando Pirates in the original Soweto Derby – MTN8 quarterfinal on Saturday evening (18:00) at Orlando Stadium.
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By Tokelo Mokhesi