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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." 

Previous comments on this story...

Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 10:47 am
Yes Mr. Editor Pirates is a littke Lucky because:

1. They have world class players.

2. They work harder than the rest.

3. They persever & are mentally strong.

4. etc

The current Pirates team team totally dominated the SAn soccer landscape like no other team before. In 2 seasons, it has come back to win or draw games when no one gave them a chance. This season alone, 15 time (SS stats), last season the same number can be estimated. It has won 5 cup & gunning for the 6th. Six finals in 2 seasons, etc. Is that little luck Mr. Editor?

If it is ither teams its good work, brilliance & all. When will Pirates get what is due to them? RESPECT.
posted: 10:48 am
True captain.This is the carrector of the champions.
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 10:50 am
lucky phinda mzala

u 4got 2 say u scored a crucial goal against moria tea drinkers and against celtic but de chimpanzee assistant tried 2 stand bt2 pirates n victory but sanity prevailed

eish i 4got lucky cant praize himself since dis ligue is being won by de fans...YES, PIRATES WILL BEAT U FRM DE STANDS

posted: 10:51 am
Uyanya wena editor which lucky are u talking about?
posted: 10:55 am
Lets beat them,lets dominate them until they(Zebraz & Flops)protest to their respective bosses and throw away that lookalike yellow colour and change to black & white.
posted: 11:01 am
It's not luck, it is the "fertilizer" that Pirates throw all over the field before the games begin. Sis'!!!
posted: 11:02 am
you can thank the sapomtas and shaman lucky as you always say it
posted: 11:03 am
The countdown has begun,4 days to go b4 elcapitano lifts the 6th trophy in 2seasons,this is what i call operation "vat alles"no team in the PSL has ever achieved this feat,i stand to be corrected.the first trebble was called a fluke we are going 4the second one is it a fluke as well.UP THE TREBBLE CHAMPS SHOW!
posted: 11:05 am
I am an Orlando Pirates supporter and i am happy that we are getting results and on the verge of defending our league tittle.

However I am concerned with the way we are not winning with big score. It seems the team is content with one or two goals. This season alone we only managed to score 3 or more goals again Chiefs and Platinum Stars.

In the games against Bloem Celtic the team fought very hard for three points. We pushed very hard and finally equalised. we again pushed and scored the second goal. After the second goal, we laid back again and left Benni isolated upfront. This moght come back and bite us one day, specifically this coming weekened against Arrows
posted: 11:06 am
For Sure Mgugudi...
FACT IS PIRATES ARE RUNNING THIS PSL...matter of fact its becoming more like below our class.
Or kanjani bucaneers?
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 11:13 am
I dont think it was luck that Mabena crossed the ball so perfect and found a perfectly positioned Mbuyane who perfectly equalised. Its also not luck that Klate whipped in a perfect cross to find Sangweni who made no mistake. If its luck then I am happy to have luck, it means soccer is the game of luck and Swallows and many other teams are also lucky everytime they win a game. Up the Bucs, lets go for the treble with our luck!!
posted: 11:15 am

Luck is when opportunity meets preparations -

Henry Ford said "they more i work hard, the more luck i get"

The editor is right, Pirates has Luck and other teams dont have.
posted: 11:18 am
Enjoy while it last u rats morons your day are numberd because khosi will rise as for u moron who ever call yourself who do think you are to say that u rule are u god only two seasons of success u say that my foot like somebody said u went eight seasons without anything khosi for life untill jesus come back again.
posted: 11:18 am

ABT: at this stage, what matters is 3 points.

Its funny that people concluded that Swallows will work all over Maritzburg, no one want to consider a draw or a lose for Swallows.

Pirates will win against Arrows, we need no favors.
posted: 11:23 am

lenyora: i think u are in a wrong space or u are mentally ill.

posted: 11:24 am
You can tell when people are'nt used to something.......this winning is so foreign to Pirates that, even the likes of Godfada forget to wear their underwear in the morning rush to log on to Kick-Off, manje incaza sey'ngene i-tswape nes'rhama! He hee hee.

Defiantly Yellow, until Colonel explains why his C.K. "Dubula Projects" is registered in '81 whilst Bucs is 75 years old! LOL.
Iniesta Manyisa
posted: 11:24 am
Pirates Lucky? Lucky my foot. this editor positions himself as third force attempting to shift our attention to the historic treble in a row. People like you, Mr. Editor require doubled effort if not miracle to distabilize our mind set. your negetive reporting about luck has no bearing on us. we come a long way from 1937 and will remain firm in our resolute. Pirates is like an oak tree, we survive all kinds of weather, we are resilient.
Bhakabhaka, bucs forever, happy people always, ezikamagebhula, ezagebhula umhlaba kamaspalati. Bhakajuju always. the sea robbers.

usisikhokho DR. Irvin, Colonel, Iron Duke KHOZA, you do not lie, you are really back to focus on Pirates.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 11:25 am

Eish, i wish this weekend we can be in control for the entire match for a change and win it comfortable early in the first half. We must fire in all cylinders and never concead. that early goal by celtic unsettled us thats why we struggled, rushing everything.
posted: 11:26 am
Mr. Editor Football is played for 90 minutes plus referee optional time and anything that happens during that time is not lucky. Pirates have outplayed any team in the last 2 years hence they have 5 trophies in their cabinet as we speak. This is cheap reporting and a waste of reader’s precious time. We want to read real stories not this nonsense and lack of intelligence. You have proved time and time your ignorance and lack of understanding of the modern game.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 11:28 am
But we must give credit to the players for showing character and coming back to win the game. It was a spirited come back. not to forget the technical team, they were spot on with Subs. All subs made significant contribution to the comeback. Mabena's perfect cross, mbuyane equalising and Klate's cross and well as defending.
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