George Lebese has terminated his contract with USL Championship outfit Colorado Springs Switchbacks.
Lebese, whose one-year deal with the Switchbacks expired at the end of last season, was set to form part of the club's squad for the upcoming campaign after penning a new contract back in November 2020.
However, the 31-year-old’s plans were derailed after he took to his official Twitter account to announce that he has terminated his contract with the Switchbacks, citing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the stringent travel regulations in the USA for the decision.
“It is with a heavy heart that I have to terminate my contract with the Switchbacks. 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 26th Jan to close boarders for South Africa with NO EXCEPTION!!! I am not able to travel and fulfil my contract with the team after patiently waiting to see if it opens, two months are passing with no upliftment and the club are proposing a termination to minimize risk from both ends.
"I thank @Switchbacks for the opportunity to be part of the team. This was honestly not an easy but a heartfelt decision. As of with immediate effect I am a free agent and looking forward to what is next for my career,” the statement read.
The former Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder joined the US-based outfit in December 2019 after parting ways with Sundowns, and marked his debut season abroad with two goals and two assists in 16 USLC appearances.