The no-nonsense central defender talks about his trusted lieutenants together with Siyabonga Sangweni, Benni McCarthy, Benson Mhlongo and Moeneeb Josephs
Former Orlando Pirates skipper Lekgwathi has defined how having a strong group of senior gamers round him was key to the outstanding success the Sea Robbers loved a decade in the past.
The tough-tackling defender can record himself among the many membership’s most profitable captains, having skippered them to 6 trophies – together with two league titles – in two seasons (2010/11 and 2011/12) beneath coach Ruud Krol.
In truth, 2012 was the final time the Sea Robbers received the league title, they usually have solely managed two trophies since: the 2014 Nedbank Cup, and the 2020 MTN8, which they received in December final 12 months after beating Bloemfontein Celtic.
Within the interim, Pirates have twice completed as runners-up within the league and misplaced within the finals within the Nedbank Cup, the Caf Confederation Cup, the Caf Champions League and the MTN8.
With coaches and gamers altering continuously, and a few like Lekgwathi and Benni McCarthy going into retirement, it has been troublesome for Pirates to take care of a robust core group of senior gamers.
That wasn’t the case a decade in the past when Lekgwathi was sporting the armband.
“[Pirates defender] Siyabonga Sangweni was enjoying for Bafana Bafana, Benni was coming from England. They made my job straightforward as a captain as a result of they had been at all times enjoying their roles,” Lekgwathi informed SuperSport TV after Bucs misplaced 1-Zero to Kaizer Chiefs in Sunday’s Soweto derby.
“I bear in mind when Benni got here, we sat down and I mentioned to him, [that] he achieved greater than me. However I needed him to assist me lead the crew.
“I had Benson [Mhlongo], I had Moeneeb [Josephs], and I mentioned he should simply come to that group of senior gamers.
“It is not straightforward to captain a crew of children. You want senior gamers that can make it easier to to manage the crew,” the now 44-year-old Lekgwathi continued.
“I bear in mind in 2010 after we received the league. Ajax Cape City, that they had solely children, their solely senior participant was Hans Vonk. I feel that was their downfall of their dropping the league.”
The Buccaneers’ loss to Amakhosi on Sunday was a setback to their hopes of difficult Mamelodi Sundowns for the league title.
Sundowns did, afterward within the day, drop two factors to Black Leopards after a 1-1 draw on the Loftus Stadium.
The Brazilians, nevertheless, stay 4 factors away from second-placed Golden Arrows and 5 above each SuperSport United and Pirates, regardless of having performed three video games fewer than the 2 Gauteng groups and two fewer than the KwaZulu-Natal membership.