Lucky Lekgwathi confident of new Orlando Pirates contract
Posted: 22 May 2013 Time: 11:31 am
Lucky Lekgwathi says he is still waiting to start negotiations with Orlando Pirates on a new contract, but insists it will happen because the club will need his experience in Africa.
The veteran defender had another steady season for the Buccaneers and played a key role in their progression to the CAF Champions League semifinals, despite being sent off in controversial circumstances in the second leg against TP Mazembe.
As has been the case in the last few years, Lekgwathi is running into the last few weeks of his contract at Pirates, but the 36-year-old says he is not concerned.
“We have not spoken about a new contract, but obviously it will happen,” he tells KickOff.com.
“We are going into the group stages of the Champions League and the team will need my experience and my leadership, so I am confident the chairman is going to give me another contract.
“You know, Pirates is my life … I have signed a life contract!”
Despite having now completed his 15th year in the top-flight, Lekgwathi feels he can still go for a good while yet.
“Everyone is asking me that question [how long I can still play for] but me, I’m still strong,” he says. “My body will tell me when it’s time to stop.”
Lekgwathi also insists Pirates will be back challenging for League honours next season.
“I still believe we have a good team – if anything the chairman must just sign a few players for back-up … to balance the team,” he says.
“Hopefully the injuries will stay away next season and we can regain some of that winning momentum. Like I say, we still have a very good side and we still have the fighting spirit.”