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The 24-year-old Lebese injured himself toward the end of last year, but he has since recovered. He is determined to help Chiefs beat Sundowns

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Lebese has told the club's website that although they find themselves top of the PSL standings, the league is far from over.

Lebese, who continues to feature regularly under Stuart Baxter, knows that a lot is at stake especially if they are to defend their league title.

"We closed the year on a high, with six straight wins and on top of the league table. Even though the league is far from over, to be on top of the table is a confidence booster.

"Though our confidence is high at the moment, we know very well how it is to be on top, most teams will be throwing everything at us in the second round. A lot is at stake and we have to work hard to maintain our position," Lebese told the Chiefs website.

AmaKhosi return to action against second placed Mamelodi Sundowns on January 23, and Lebese described it as a "must-win" encounter for the PSL champions.

"It is difficult to train without game time but we are pushing ourselves extra-hard at training as we know we are going to be the team to beat in the second round.

"Starting with the top of the table clash makes it more interesting for us. We are taking each game as it comes but this is a must win for us. They are very close to us at the top, we want to beat them and open the gap," he added.

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