Steve Lekoelea: Orlando Pirates' attack will inspire team to Telkom Knockout Cup success

The former Bucs fan-favourite believes that Bakgaga will struggle against the four-time PSL champions

Orlando Pirates legend Steve Lekoelea has backed his former side ahead of the 2018 Telkom Knockout Cup final.

The Soweto giants are overwhelming favourites to win the tournament as they will be facing an unfancied Baroka FC side on Saturday.

Lekoela feels that Pirates will be too strong for Bakgaga, who will be making their debut appearance in a major cup final.

"I strongly believe that Pirates will win the Telkom Knockout trophy on Saturday," Lekoelea told Goal.

Bucs are currently enjoying a 15-match unbeaten run in all competitions - having recorded 10 victories and five draws.

"Things are looking good for Pirates going into the final and it will be difficult for Baroka to stop them," he continued.

"The team has hit form at the time and their attackers are firing from all cylinders which is important when going into a final," Chippa added.

Lekoelea has been impressed by the team's attackers, who have formed a mesmerizing partnership.

"The likes of Thembinkosi Lorch, Justin Shonga, Vincent Pule and Augustine Mulenga have formed a good understanding upfront," he said.

"Their form has been pivotal to the team's current run, not only in the cup but in other competitions too," the retired winger stressed.

Pirates have been unlucky in the League Cup having reached the final eight times and clinched the trophy once which was in 2011.

Lekoelea was part of the Pirates team which was stunned 1-0 by Ajax Cape Town in the 2000 final when the competition was still known as the Rothmans Cup.

"One cannot compare the current Pirates team and the one that lost to Ajax in the Rothmans Cup final," he insisted.

Bucs came into the final as clear favourites, but they were shocked by a youthful Ajax side as the Mother City side secured its maiden major trophy.

"The defeat to Ajax is in the past and times have changed. The current team is a better position to win the trophy and they will clinch it," he concluded.


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