It was after George Maluleka joined in on an Instagram Live interview with FARPost and Reneilwe Letsholonyane that ‘Yeye’ starting to reminisce about the good old days at Kaizer Chiefs and stated with confidence that his former teammate will ‘definitely make it’ at Mamelodi Sundowns next season.
Maluleka’s comment, “hi there”, led to Letsholonyane revealing that players need to jump over ‘mental’ hurdles when joining one of the ‘big three’ clubs in South African football in order to shine.
“He [Maluleka] is a good guy, a good boy, he is one of the players I enjoyed playing with, he is younger than I am, he’s a good player,” Letsholonyane told FARPost.
Maluleka will leave ‘Amakhosi’ at the end of the 2019/20 campaign after signing a pre-contract with ‘The Brazilians’.
In a statement, Chiefs confirmed that talks between them and Maluleka had reached an “unexpected ending” with the player turning down a two-year deal with an option to renew for a further year.
“Look whether you join Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, I would put SuperSport and Bidvest Wits in because they are also somewhere there, when joining these teams, obviously especially the ‘big three’, you first overcome the mental part of being there.
“You know that it is not going to be easy, is not going to be easy for him to be at that environment, is a new environment, whether is in the county or not, the fact is a new environment.
“I can tell you this myself, it wasn’t easy for him to decide that he is leaving Chiefs and joining Sundowns.
“I know that I experienced that firsthand. It’s eating him up inside but at the end of the day he had to make a decision and he did, he must leave with his decision,” concluded ‘Yeye’.
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi