Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi says their success is due to hard work
Posted: 15 May 2012 Time: 10:22
Two goals in five minutes in the last quarter of the match against Bloemfontein Celtic and Orlando Pirates were spared their blushes ...
It was a match in which the Buccaneers really struggled in front of goal and they failed to create any decent goal scoring chances until the 73rd minute, when Thulasizwe Mbuyane found the equaliser. Five minutes later and Pirates took the lead through Siyabonga Sangweni, which eventually proved to be the winner, but many a soccer pundit felt the Buccaneers got off to a slow start and were lucky to get away with the three points. One man who does not share that view is Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi, who puts his team’s success down to hard work on and off the pitch. "We are not lucky; it is because of hard work and our fighting spirit, which was unbelievable," he says. "It was not a slow start. We gave them an early goal and after that we were chasing the game to find the equaliser. But we worked hard and got the equaliser, after that we continued pushing and got the winner."
_quote When asked if pressure was the reason they struggled to find the back of the net, Lekgwathi is again defiant: "There is always pressure to play in a big team like Pirates, but I am always saying to my teammates to absorb the pressure. Whenever we play we have to work hard and win the game. "We will continue where we left off against Celtic when we play Arrows, displaying our fighting spirit and make sure that at the end of the day we win the game and lift the title," said the Buccaneers man after which he added it would be nice to go into the record books by winning the league title for the second season in a row. "It is going to be nice to be in the history books of Orlando Pirates and in the history books of the PSL. I pray and wish that we win the trophy first." Looking ahead to next season and asked when he would be hanging up his boots, Lekgwathi said there is still life in his 35-year-old legs yet. "My legs will tell me when it is time to quit, but I will just continue to work hard, especially while I am getting support from my teammates and coach. I just have to make sure that I work hard and live a clean life."