The sad tale of Bafana’s two Lebos in France

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Lebogang Mothiba and Lebogang Phiri during the French League Cup final between their sides RC Strasbourg and En Avant Guingamp in March last year Picture: Jean Catuffe / Getty Images
Lebogang Mothiba and Lebogang Phiri during the French League Cup final between their sides RC Strasbourg and En Avant Guingamp in March last year Picture: Jean Catuffe / Getty Images

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The past few days have been difficult for Bafana Bafana’s France-based duo of Lebogang Mothiba and Lebogang Phiri.

The two Lebos will be on the sidelines for a lengthy spell after they underwent surgery on their knees this week.

RC Strasbourg, Mothiba’s Ligue 1 club, estimated that the 24-year-old striker could be out until January after a tendon in his knee needed to be repaired.

It’s a problem with a tendon in the knee that he’s had for a little while, we’d rather fix it once and for all. Lebo will be unavailable for four to five months
Strasbourg coach Thierry Laurey

Phiri’s club En Avant de Guingamp, who campaign in Ligue 2, said the 25-year-old midfielder from Alexandra township was set for a long spell on the sidelines. His procedure related to problematic cartilage in his knee.

Nevertheless, the two players were in good spirits, each posting updates from hospital via their Twitter accounts.

Mothiba quoted Jeremiah 33:6: “Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.”

An image posted on Wednesday was captioned: “Thanks everyone for your messages. I am fine.”


The striker, who hails from Tembisa township in Ekurhuleni, limped off after taking a knock just 20 minutes into Strasbourg’s friendly match against Montpellier a fortnight ago.

“It’s a problem with a tendon in the knee that he’s had for a little while, we’d rather fix it once and for all. Lebo will be unavailable for four to five months,” Strasbourg coach Thierry Laurey was quoted as saying by a regional daily French newspaper, Les Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace.

Meanwhile, Phiri tweeted on Thursday: “Successful OP [operation]. Thank you all for the well wishes. Stay safe & stay blessed.”



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