Lucky aiming for '95 repeat

2010-10-26 11:07

Johannesburg - Lucky Lekgwathi aims to emulate Orlando Pirates' class of '95 and become club champions of Africa again.

Fifteen years ago, the Sea Robbers enjoyed arguably their finest hour when Jerry Sikhosana fired the team to African Champions Cup glory at the expense of Ivorian giants ASEC Abidjan.

And club skipper, Lekgwathi, is confident Pirates can qualify for next year's edition by winning the league this season, having last won it in 2002/03.

"I am still convinced that we can go all the way and win our league, and qualify for the Champions League [formerly the Champions Cup]," he told Sunshine Press.

"Pirates have a very reach history when it comes to Champions League. We want to emulate what the class of '95 achieved."

Lekgwathi added that Pirates' recent MTN8 success - their first major cup in seven years - has inspired the team.

"I see the guys working their socks off at training every week," he revealed.

"It leaves me convinced if you work hard, you will always be rewarded and finally all the hard work we have been putting in training seems to be paying off.

"We always had a quality team but now the spirit is even greater."

Bucs, who reached the last-eight of the Telkom Knockout this past weekend, are currently fifth on the league table and will next face second-placed Ajax Cape Town at Orlando Stadium on Saturday. 


  • dreams - 2010-10-26 11:29

    Pipeline dreams...we all knw hw inconsistant pirates are!!

  • Thabiso - 2010-10-26 12:10

    You have started again Lekgwathi ne! smoking ganja again.

  • Nico - 2010-10-26 12:56

    Shame on you Lucky Kgomo.... never ever Pirates win leugue again dream on boy.

  • danger - 2010-10-26 13:09

    Smoking weed is not good 4 you lekgwathi!!!

  • paul - 2010-10-26 13:17

    you must think like a leader. i like that lucky.

  • Dumiso - 2010-10-26 14:22

    Please man if you have nothing positive to say about what Lucky has said rather keep them to yourselves (Thabiso, Nico,Danger etc.) Being positive in general has never killed anybody. I like the way Lucky thinks it encourages us the supporters to beleive in our team again. Pirates has had its fair share of problems and never seeked the help of match officials. For that matter Pirates is the only team in the southern hemisphere with a star on their jersey. And they earned it through hard work and not referees like some teams we know. Some of you were saying Pirates will never win the MTN 8. Look who is laughing all the way to the bank. For that matter we all know how Chiefs have won most of their domestic Cups. In Africa, Chiefs, Sundowns etc are just also rans and nothing else.Call me names but when I wear my replica jersery with a star on I know that my team worked for it under the most difficult circumstances when even our so called experts had written us off. That Champions League Cup was not handed on a silver platter. I went to the airport to meet my beloved team in 1995 and have never ever been so emotional in meeting my team when they landed from Abidjan. Once a Pirate always a Pirate. I do beleive that this team can emulate the team of 1995 and why not? You bloody agents.

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  • LETONA - 2010-10-26 21:55

    Where there is a will,there is always a way.Only fools and anti-Bakashushus are trying to discourage and criticise our captain.Lucky is leading by example,he motivates our team especialy our goal shy strikers.If Pirates can beat the likes of Chiefs,Swallows,Sundowns etc,what can stop us from being recrownned CHAMPIONS OF AFRICA?Kroll and Rosslee must just sharpened our striking force,then we are there!

  • Bucs Faithful - 2010-10-27 13:59

    Hatters and critics doesn't faze us.

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