Lekgwathi: Our fans must be patient


The veteran defender – who played a key role in the Bucs' dominance of domestic football that has seen them clinching six titles in the last two seasons – is urging "The Ghost" to refrain from the kind of violent behaviour they displayed after Pirates' 3–0 loss to SuperSport United in the MTN8 semi-finals.

"Orlando Pirates are a big club, with a big following so we understand the emotions of the fans when we do not perform well," Lekgwathi says.

"Our fans should be patient with us because we are addressing the problems and challenges that we have been experiencing.

"We are still early into the season and at least we are experiencing these problems now rather than later.

"Our real fans will always stay loyal to us and we need them now more than ever. Behaving violently after matches will not do anything to help the team do well," adds the Pirates skipper.

Lekgwathi says players should take more responsibility for the disappointing results and aim to improve in the upcoming matches.

"Pressure is a part of what we have to deal with everyday at Orlando Pirates. As professionals, we must show that we have the character to bounce back," he says.

The timely recovery of striker Ndumiso Mabena from injury will give Pirates coach Augusto more options in attack as the team braces for their next League match against Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Complex on September 15.