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Lekgwathi was an integral member of the Pirates team that recently reached the Caf Champions League, and Moshoeu tells Goal that the 37-year-old defender should be in Bafana


By Ernest Makhaya

Former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs midfielder John “Shoes” Moshoeu has lashed out on the criteria used by Gordon Igesund when selecting players.

Moshoeu feels that there are several players who have not been fairly considered for the Bafana squad despite their hard work and consistency.

Speaking to Goal, Moshoeu said that he is still surprised that Orlando Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi hasn’t been called-up by Igesund and other coaches in the past.    

“I find that very surprising that Lucky Lekgwathi has been ignored in the national team,” Moshoeu told Goal. “He is the most influential player in the Pirates team, but when last did you see his name in the Bafana squad? It’s absolutely shocking,” Shoes told Goal.

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Igesund has previously spoken about rebuilding for the future, but Moshoeu believes that every player should be given the opportunity to represent his country regardless of their age.  

“So now, because Lucky is 37-years-old it means he cannot enjoy all the benefits? It doesn’t make sense to me, because he’s been part of a winning team.

“There was a period when Lucky would push forward and score goals, but he was still ignored by the national team coaches. Players need to be selected on merit not because they are young,” added Moshoeu.

Lekgwathi made 14 appearances for Bafana between 2002 and 2005, and he was part of the squad that played in the 2005 Concacaf Cup under coach Stuart Baxter.