The Buccaneers have picked up the pieces under their new technical team, improving massively from their worst season in the PSL era in 2016/17.
This past season, the duo led the club to a respectable second-place finish, missing out on the Absa Premiership title to Mamelodi Sundowns only during the final few games.
Lekgwathi, who captained the club to their most successful spell in recent history – winning six trophies in just two seasons - believes what ultimately cost the team was a lack of experience.
“I think they had a good season to have finished off in position two, with a lot of youngsters in the team,” Lekgwathi tells KickOff.com.
“You know, I think the problem was that they were focusing on Sundowns, when the seniors should be the ones playing that role to ensure the focus is not on other people.
“The focus should always be on yourself, and saying, ‘Let’s make sure that we win our games’. That’s what happened with us when the mix of seniors and youngsters helped us win the double treble, because we were never focused on other teams.
“Guys like Benni McCarthy, Moeneeb Josephs, Daine Klate, Siya Sangweni – those guys were always reminding youngsters to focus on our game and forget about other teams.”
Furthermore, the 41-year-old retired defender, who previously worked with coach ‘Micho’ during his brief spell at the club between July 2006 and January 2007, says the combination with Mokwena is already proving fruitful for the Buccaneers.
“All-in-all, it was a good season under Rhulani and Micho. I know Micho, he coached me when we reached the semi-final of the CAF Champions League [in 2006], and he’s a good coach, who always wants to get the best out of a player,” added ‘Phinda Mzala’.
“Obviously, Rhulani has experience of winning the league and Champions League with Sundowns, and while he was there they were playing entertaining football. Now Pirates are also playing good football. So, I think it’s a good combination between the two of them.”