Orlando Pirates captain Lekgwathi: Masuku will come back stronger
Posted: 28 March 2014 Time: 14:36
Orlando Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi has backed Khethokwakhe Masuku to emerge a "better player" after the midfielder apologised for his unsporting conduct in the Bucs dugout last week.
Masuku yesterday expressed remorse for wearing earphones on the Pirates bench after he was angry at being substituted midway through a Nedbank Cup fixture against Santos.
And Lekgwathi feels his teammate will learn from the experience.
"I am happy for Khethokwakhe Masuku who apologised through a letter he sent to the club following the incident he had in Cape Town," Lekgwathi told his side's official website.
"Football is a tough job and we learn through experiences. He will certainly mature from that experience and be a better player."
Meanwhile, Lekgwathi says the Sea Robbers have set their sights on claiming Nedbank Cup honours and winning their remaining nine Premiership games.
Pirates, who trail log leaders Kaizer Chiefs by 15 points, will host Soweto neighbours Moroka Swallows in the League on Saturday, while they face Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarter-finals of the cup next month.
"Wining the Nedbank Cup and the remaining League matches is our top priority. We will play against Moroka Swallows determined to get three points," Lekgwathi said.
"It is a pity that we have only welcomed our players back from injury now – we were thin in the middle of the season and also the trips we made in the continent during the Champions League also played a huge role in the way the team performed in the League.
"We are focused in doing well in the last matches of the season. Our preparations have been going well and the new coach has brought something different to the team.
"Every player in the team is working extremely hard. We have a new coach and we must show him that we deserve to be in the team, so our fans can expect a fired up team from now on."