Lekgwathi had not played for six weeks prior to last night’s Caf Champions League final, and he thanked his teammates for making things easy for him against the Red Devils of Egypt.
“I haven’t played in six weeks and I was so excited to come back tonight (Sunday). I want to thank the team for making it easy for me to slot in,” said Lekgwathi after the match. “I’m 37 and I know that playing time may be limited. It’s okay, because if I don’t play I can always help the youngsters,” he said.
At 37, Lekgwathi believes he still has a lot to offer in the game, and has ruled out any possibilities of retirement anytime soon. He also praised his teammates for the efforts they put in since the beginning of their Caf Champions League campaign.
“I don’t think about retirement. I will continue to play until my legs tell me to stop. The will to carry on is always there.
“What these boys have done from the beginning of the tournament until now is amazing. It was never expected by anyone,” said Lekgwathi.
The Bucs skipper said that they will not drop their heads for losing to Al Ahly in the final, as he believes that this is only the beginning of good things. Lekgwathi believes that Pirates will soon return to continental football to win the Caf Champions League.
“Obviously there is disappointment, but we walk out of here with our heads held high because of what we have achieved.”
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“People will know that Al Ahly won, but the whole of Africa will also speak of a team of youngsters that went all the way as well.