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Lucky Lekgwathi urges football fans to attend fellow Orlando Pirates legend Senzo Meyiwa’s Commemoration Game

21:53 GMT+3 06/06/2018
Lucky Lekgwathi, Orlando Pirates
Lekgwathi stated that he groomed Meyiwa and that he was there for his former Bucs team-mate when things were not going his way at the club

Legendary Orlando Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi has called on football supporters to pack King Zwelithini Stadium in honour of the late Senzo Meyiwa.

Former South Africa international and Pirates goalkeeper Meyiwa was shot and killed in 2014 but no arrests have been made yet in connection with his murder.

The life of former Pirates goalkeeper Meyiwa will be celebrated at an event that will be hosted in his township, Umlazi, south of Durban at the weekend.

Senzo Meyiwa’s Commemoration Game (4pm) will see the KwaZulu-Natal Legends (Senzo XI) take on the Gauteng Legends (Meyiwa XI) on Saturday. 

Lekgwathi, who will turn out for the Gauteng team, while current footballers Siyanda Xulu, Siyabonga Nomvethe, Andile Jali and Itumeleng Khune, and retired players like Mbulelo Mabizela, Siyabonga Sangweni, Jabu Mahlangu, Steve Lekoalea and Benedict Vilakazi are expected to take part in the game.

“For me this is a special occasion, I’m privileged to be part of it. I’m glad it is finally happening,” Lekgwathi told Daily Sun.

“I won’t say it is long overdue, everything happens in its own time and I’m happy that the time is here to honour Senzo,” he continued. 

“I think what will make the day even more special is to have a full stadium. Senzo was not only a Pirates player but a national team player and it would be nice if people came out in numbers to commemorate and honour him,” he explained. 

Meyiwa, who was promoted to the Buccaneers' senior side at the age of 18 in 2006, played with Lekgwathi during the club’s glory days as they clinched six trophies between 2010 and 2012, and Lekgwathi has subsequently opened up about his relationship with Meyiwa.

“I groomed him and was there for him when things were not going his way at the club. I was close to him and his family,” he said. 

“I remember when Moeneeb Josephs joined the club and Senzo was dropped to make way for the new guy. He was so heartbroken, telling me he loved the team and didn’t want to leave,” he added.

“I told him to work hard and wait for his turn. And when his turn came, he never looked back. I was so proud of him. I always believed he was destined for great things,” Lekgwathi concluded.