Orlando Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi warns Pirates against complacency

The Pirates captain believes that Platinum Stars will be a difficult task for Orlando Pirates when the two sides lock horns in the MTN 8 final on Saturday evening
Orlando Pirates and Platinum Stars will clash on Saturday to determine who will win the lucrative MTN 8 Cup, and Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi believes that Dikwena can beat any team on their day.

The Buccaneers sealed their passage into the final on Tuesday, a 1-1 draw with Kaizer Chiefs enough to win the tie 2-1 on aggregate.

Platinum Stars followed suit, defeating Bidvest Wits 2-1 to crush the Student 6-3 on aggregate, proving that there will be no walkover when they meet Pirates in the final. 

The Buccaneers captain agrees with this sentiment, as he recognises that complacency cannot be a part of Pirates' mind-set when they meet Dikwena at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

"Although we advanced into the final of the MTN8, as players we remain true to ourselves knowing that we have not achieved anything yet," Lekgwathi told the club's official website.

"Being in the final is one thing, but winning it is another thing all together. That is why for us yesterday’s win is already behind us as we know we have a huge mountain to climb on Saturday in Durban.

"Platinum Stars are not pushovers, the way they did their thing to be in the final is testament of the ability that team has to beat any opposition."

Lekgwathi is hoping to end the final triumphant, as he feels that the win will give Pirates confidence before they meet Tunisian giants Esperance in the Caf Champions League.

"I want to take the opportunity to call on the fans again to travel to Durban and pack the stadium. It will be important for us to do well in this final as it could set the tone for us going forward," Lekgwathi said.

"We have an important match against Esperance of Tunis here in Orlando, and winning this [MTN8] final will give us the necessary inspiration to do well in the semi-final of the Champions League.

"But for now, our eyes are set on preparing well to win the match against Platinum Stars.

"We will on Thursday morning start preparations for that match and let us hope all goes well for us.

"Durban is home to us, so we believe we have it all in our favour to have a good game against Platinum Stars," Lekgwathi concluded.