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Lekgwathi has apparently been left out of the team because he’s yet to face the Pirates DC following his public comments about “sinister forces” in the club


By Ernest Makhaya

Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa has told Goal that the decision to leave captain Lucky Lekgwathi out of their Caf Champions League game against Esperance was taken by the entire technical team.

The veteran defender is in hot water following his public comments about “sinister forces” in the club, but De Sa says the issue has got nothing to do with Lekgwathi’s omission.

“Unfortunately it is the responsibility of the entire technical (team) to decide on who should be included in the squad and who shouldn’t. We have made the decision to leave him out and that’s as simple as that,” De Sa told Goal.

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Pirates will be without the injured Siyabonga Sangweni and De Sa was expected to bring Lekgwathi back into the team, but the 49-year-old mentor says there are other capable players who can deliver on the day.

“We have capable players who are fit to do the job in Lucky’s absence. Bheki [Nzunga] and Ayanda [Gcaba] are available for us and we will decide who to partner Rooi [Mahamutsa] with,” he said.

De Sa insists Lekgwathi’s exclusion is purely based on “match fitness” than anything else having started training on Monday.   

“There’s nothing going on between Lucky and the club. His omission from the travelling squad is purely based on how well other players have been doing. Lucky only started training with us on Monday and surely he’s not fit for the game of Esperance’s magnitude,” he added.

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