Lucky Lekgwathi: Orlando Pirates' senior players must step up

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The former Buccaneers skipper is confident that the Soweto giants will win a trophy or two this season provided Micho doesn't chop and change the team

Former Orlando Pirates  captain Lucky Lekgwathi has urged the Buccaneers to keep their heads high and maintain their winning momentum.

Lekgwathi spoke to Goal on Wednesday saying the Soweto giants must respect each and every opponent they meet for them win trophies this season.

“It was unfortuante to lose in the MTN8 Cup for them because I know they tried, but I always said it will not be easy to beat the defending champions (SuperSport United),” Lekgwathi told Goal.

“There are so many trophies on offer this season. They just have to continue with their winning mentality, combinations and definitely one trophy will be in the bag,” said the 42-year-old.

“I hope they won't change much regarding the team and combinations because we had a great campaign last season, but the new players had to settle in and that kind of derailed the team in terms of momentum,” added the ex-Bucs skipper.

The former Real Rovers defender added that if coach Milutin Sredojevic doesn't chop and change his starting eleven, Pirates will challenge for silverware.

“I don't think we can afford to change now because we had a great finish last year. Disappintingly, we started on a low and I believe we are picking up now,” he said.

“The team is regaining that rhythm and the winning mentality. I can say confidently that they will lift a trophy this season,” he noted.

Moreover, the man also known as 'Phinda Mzala' has urged senior players such as Happy Jele, Thabo Matlaba and Mpho Makola to lead the youngsters.

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Lekgwathi reflected in the past where he used to guide the youngsters such as Andile Jali and Oupa Manyisa together with Benni McCarthy.

“There are many experienced and senior players in the team. They must be the ones who support the youngsters to push them in terms of consistency,” reflected the Garankuwa-born legend.

“They are showing good signs that they are hungry for success and winning things, but they must remain calm and respect all the opponents. If you beat a big team and undermine the so called smaller teams, you will be in trouble in football,” he concluded.

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