Lucky Lekgwathi: Pirates Need To Chop And Change

Siboniso Mawandla | The Republic Mail

By Lakhe Thwala

Former Orlando Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi said that he’s not happy with his team performances last season and he is also disappointed by senior players not coming to the party.

The 40-year-old also highlighted that all the senior players are afraid to take responsibility and help new players to adapt in the team.

“I am very disappointed by the senior players because they are afraid to take responsibility and help new players to adapt in the team”.

“It is not easy to play for a team like Orlando Pirates, you need to adapt to the playing style of the team and be comfortable when playing because the fans are very intimidating if they don’t see the results,” Lekgwathi said.

The Garankuwa-born former Buccaneers player also stated that he is very sad that the management part ways with former goalkeeper and assistant coach, William Okpara, to leave because he was very good and he knew how to lift the spirit of the team.

“I am very sad that the management released William Okpara from his services because that man was a leader, he knew how to lift the spirit of the team and he also knew how to motivate the boys,” he said.

He also quantified that he thinks the team needs to chop and change if they want to challenge for the league title, MTN 8, Telkom Knockout and the Nedbank cup.

“I think the team needs to be chopped and changed if they want to challenge for the league, MTN 8, Telkom Knockout and the Nedbank cup,” said the concern former captain.

Speaking to the Republic Mail, Phinda Mzala also said he thinks that Brighton Mhlongo is a good goalkeeper and he started very well after the late Senzo Meyiwa

“I think Brighton is a very good goalkeeper and he started very well after the late Senzo Meyiwa, he saw that he had no competition, he started to relax and for me that was his down fall,” he added.

Lucky also stated that he thinks Thamsanqa Sangweni and Wayne Sandilands will help the team re-establish itself as the best in the country and in Africa.

“I think we made very good signings in Thamsanqa and Wayne because those are quality players and they will help the team to be one of the big teams in South Africa and in Africa again,’’ Lekgwathi concluded.

Lekgwathi owns a funeral parlour business and he is also a coach for Orlando Pirates junior side (under 15), he hasn’t lost any game since he was appointed by Augusto Palacious to gain experience as he looks to be the head coach of the Buccaneers one day.