• Ekstein: We would welcome Lebese at Chiefs

    George Lebese

    Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Hendrik Ekstein admitted that he would welcome back former teammate George Lebese, should he make the move from Mamelodi Sundowns.

    Lebese signed for the Chloorkop based club in August 2017 leaving Chiefs after nine years at Naturena.

    Things, however, have not worked out for the forward at Downs as he has struggled to break into the team and has not played a single minute this season.

    Masadawana coach Pitso Mosimane admitted that Lebese will be allowed to leave the club in the current transfer window and rumours have indicated that he could make a return to the Soweto giants after he has been seen at Chiefs games.

    Ekstein was subsequently asked about how the squad would react should Lebese return to the club.

    ‘If he returns then we would welcome him,’ Ekstein told the Sowetan.

    ‘It would be good for him because he is not playing at his current club.

    ‘I think he would be able to have a better chance in the team because we know he is a good player and know what he can do.

    ‘He was a key player for us and would always score in crucial moments.

    He was like an elder brother to me because he was in the team for a long time and I was sort of his junior.’

    Ekstein himself has been revitalised under new manager Ernst Middendorp as he won the man-of-the-man award in the victory at Wits where he scored the second goal in the 2-0 victory.

    Chiefs are next in action when the take on Zesco United in the Caf Confederation Cup in Zambia on Sunday and with a packed fixture schedule on the horizon the arrival of Lebese will provide Middendorp extra firepower for the run-in.

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