Lekgwathi: Bucs must bring back Tlolane


Former captain Lucky Lekgwathi believes it would be a mistake for Orlando Pirates to forget they have a quality defender like Tebogo Tlolane playing for a rival.

Tlolane is on loan at Maritzburg United and has been delivering top performances for Eric Tinkler's side, which has only conceded 17 league goals all season.

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In contrast, Pirates' defence has been a major weakness having shipped 26 goals at the back.

Despite the Buccaneers' attacking superiority, the Team of Choice's solid defence means they are only one point behind Pirates on the Absa Premiership table.

Lekgwathi believes Tlolane must be brought back to Pirates and groomed into one of the best defenders in the PSL, just like he was.

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"You know what, I was watching the boy even when they were playing against Kaizer Chiefs, the boy is good," Lekgwathi tells KickOff.com.

"But sometimes players will come to the team and not get good support or good advice, that's why most of them don't gel with the team, you understand?

"Because some young players are not ready for big teams and they need support. I remember when I joined Pirates I got advice from people like Augusto Palacios, Dr Irvin Khoza, senior players and former players, the likes of Gerald Raphahlela.

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"They would tell me to use every chance I get, you know, playing for Pirates you must always give 100 percent, always be ready at any time just in case you get an opportunity.

"Tlolane will need that kind of support to excel at Pirates. He didn't get enough chance to prove himself. He should've got more chances and he's got a bright future at Pirates. They must bring him back."