Bucs travel to Nelspruit for a Telkom Knockout last 16 clash with Amazayoni on Tuesday evening.
Lekgwathi has not seen any action for three matches, after claiming in his column in the Daily Sun that “sinister forces” were behind his omission from the squad for the MTN8 Final.
The club captain was then absent from Pirates' CAF Champions League fixture against Esperance, although Roger de Sa insisted he left Lekgwathi out purely for footballing reasons.
But according to our sources at Pirates, Lekgwathi’s comments did not go down very well with club boss Irvin Khoza, and the veteran skipper was hauled before a club disciplinary committee.
‘Phinda Mzala’ has already sent a letter to the club apologising for his outburst.
“Lekgwathi has sent an official apology to the club about his statements made in one of the daily newspapers. The club is yet to respond and lay charges against the captain,” says our source in Parktown.
“He is not included in the squad to play Aces and will not be until he faces the club DC.”
Bucs administration manager Floyd Mbele insists he is not aware of any issues with regards to Lekgwathi as he was out of the office preparing visas for the team’s upcoming trip to Tunisia.