‘Chippa’ has been missing from the Tycoons squad in their last two matches, CAF Confederations Cup fixtures at home and in Tunisia.
Lekoelea was offloaded by the Buccaneers two years ago after making mostly substitute appearances towards the end of his career there.
He then spent a season with Maritzburg United. Lekoelea left the Natalians under acrimonious circumstances, with club boss Farouk Kadodia claiming that the spot kick specialist was carrying an “undisclosed permanent injury” and Lekoelea saying it was a recurring knee injury.
Before joining Platinum Stars, the Tycoons sent Lekoelea to Potchefstroom University for tests. He also underwent a special programme before he was taken aboard the North West Province outfit.
“Since my arrival here at Stars, I have done nothing major for them; now I feel that I owe them since they showed that they have faith in me by signing me after the rumours that I was useless and had an uncured injury,” says Lekoelea.
‘Chippa’ says he is keen to play against Pirates because he wants to show his new fans and management that he is ready to play a big part in their campaign this season.
“My knee injury is a thing of the past now. I am ready to play and all that is left now is to be given the opportunity.”