What's happening with Orlando Pirates captain?
I tend to ask myself what is it that Orlando Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi has done to be out of favour currently at the club. It is also believed that things did not go well with the club after Lucky Lekgwathi commented in his captain’s column in the South African newspaper Daily Sun saying that if he wasn’t dropped for the squad that lost in the MTN8 Cup final against Platinum Stars, then things would have been different.
It all started on the 24th of September when Orlando Pirates defeated their rivals Kaizer Chiefs to advance to the final when Lucky Lekgwathi was seating in the stands after a great run against African giants Al Ahly, remember this is a permanent captain of the South African giants.
The 37-year old understood the decision taken by his coach Roger De Sa in crucial semi-final against Kaizer Chiefs looking at his age, but he got frustrated when he after finding himself watching the final from the stands, something that would have boosted Pirates luck looking at fact that the hard tackling defender has guided Orlando Pirates to win four of their five last cup finals as a captain, the one loss they suffered was when Ruud Krol overlooked him in the favour of Rooi Mahamutsa and Robyn Johannes.
At least back then, he was dropped for his mistake while playing out of position in the 3-1 loss against Kaizer Chiefs just two weeks before being dropped against the same opponent in another humiliation loss. But he was soon back in the starting line-up for the next three matches compared to what is happening now at Orlando Pirates failing to make a match day squad after four matches in a row including the last Saturday’s CAF Champions League semi-final first leg against Esperance.
To make this matter to look serious, Lucky Lekgwathi was also left out of the squad that played Mpumalanga Black Aces on Tuesday night and this started to raise my concern after Roger De Sa told the group I was in of gathered journalist or let me say reporters after the CAF Champions League goalless draw match against Esperance that Lucky Lekgwathi will be back in the fold in the next cup match against Premier Soccer League newcomers Mpumalanga Black Aces.
Some media houses has reported that Lucky Lekgwathi has some family personalities and they are as correct as good after I was one those Roger De Sa told that the reason behind the defender’s absence in training was because of his ill father but you will have to consider that why is Lekgwathi not in the the travelling match day squad two days after watching the match against Tunisian powerhouse Esperance.
The centre back pairing of Rooi Mahamutsa and Siyabonga Sangweni proves to be working at the moment, and the fans are good with it but it’s not like Lucky Lekgwathi made a blunder that cost the team the last time he was fielded. He is a captain of the club not just competitor positions at the club.
To see that he regret about what he said, he wrote a formal letter to Orlando Pirates apologising for the harsh comments he made further by saying people at the club are jealous of him for being able to produce glowing performances when he plays looking at his age.
Why is age a factor to some individuals, how old is Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs who played a crucial role for the Red Devils Premier League success last season. I would be one of the happiest people if I see Lukcy Lekgwathi back in the mix to help Orlando Pirates to win CAF Champions League.