Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates skipper Lucky Lekgwathi is adamant that his side
can put their Soweto derby heartache behind them and reach the Telkom
Bucs face Maritzburg United on Sunday afternoon as they look to
add more silverware to their trophy cabinet after winning the MTN8
earlier in the campaign.
Lekgwathi revealed that his team-mates have been working
extremely hard in training and are ready for the challenge of the
Kwa-Zulu Natal outfit.
The 34-year-old said in his column on the club's official
website: 'Despite our disappointment over last weekend, I am very proud
of my team-mates because we have put the loss behind us and fully
focused on the job at hand, which is the game against Maritzburg United
in the Telkom Knockout semi final on Sunday.
'This is a very positive sign because it shows that we are
determined to bounce back to our winning ways and what a better way to
do that than in a cup semi final game which will take us to our second
major cup final in as many months.
'Having said that, I must acknowledge Maritzburg United's current
form as they are unbeaten in at least five league and cup matches and
this includes victory over Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarter-finals of
this competition, and that's why it would be a big mistake to undermine
them. But, as I always say, there are no more small teams in the league
and my teammates are fully aware of this so we expect a very tough
'MaBhakaniya, I am sure you are aware that I won't be taking part
in this match after picking up a third yellow card against Chiefs on
Saturday. Of course, it would have been nice to return to Chatsworth
Stadium as I have fond memories of the place after scoring the winner
against Golden Arrows in the first round of this competition this year.
But it's okay, that's life.
'The other player who is also ruled out for this match is Happy
Jele due to suspension following his third booking at the weekend.
Nonetheless, you have nothing to worry about because we have enough
depth in the squad, hence I have no doubt whoever gets a chance to play
will deliver because all the guys are looking forward to this match.'
Should Pirates reach the final, they could have a chance to
avenge their Soweto derby defeat as Kaizer Chiefs are participating in
the other semi-final against Santos in Polokwane on Saturday night.