Roger de Sa not in full control of Orlando Pirates, says former administrator

Lekgwathi revealed that some Pirates officials told Roger de Sa not to play him against Dikwena, and one of the former Pirates administrators says Lekgwathi’s allegations are true


By Ernest Makhaya

Following allegations made by Lucky Lekgwathi on his Daily Sun’s column published today [Wednesday], Orlando Pirates PRO Mickey Modisane told Goal that the club is aware of what has been said by their captain.

Goal exclusively revealed on Monday that Lekgwathi was fuming for missing the MTN 8 final against Platinum Stars in a game the Buccaneers lost 3-1 on penalties.

The veteran defender didn’t end there, and has gone as far as revealing that it wasn’t Roger de Sa’s fault that he missed the MTN 8 final, claiming that there are “other sinister forces” behind it.

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Goal then contacted the Pirates PRO, Modisane, who couldn’t deny Lekgwathi’s allegations, and was quick to say the club will release a formal statement regarding what was published.

“The club is aware of Lucky’s comments, but we have an important game coming up and this could hamper our preparations. We want our players to be psychologically and physically ready for Esperance,” Modisane told Goal.

“The club will soon release a formal statement regarding what was published, but for now we are worried about the Caf Champions League,” he said.

Goal tried to get a comment from Roger de Sa about the matter, but the Pirates coach was not available. However, one of the former Pirates administrators was available to corroborate Lekgwathi’s story.

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“I sympathize with Lucky, because this is a true story. Unfortunately, this is something that has been there for years. Club officials that I cannot mention make these kinds of decisions. They’re destroying the club’s image.

“The coach would only submit a draft of players he wants on the day, and some officials would then return to him with a final squad for that particular game. He doesn’t have full control of the team,” said the former administrator who asked to remain anonymous.

It remains to be seen whether Lekgwathi would be available for the Sea Robbers’ Caf Champions League semi-final against Tunisian giants Esperance on Saturday.

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