Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi is confident of a win against
newly-promoted Black Leopards at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Friday
Writing in his first column ahead of the new season, Lekgwathi
admitted his side were raring to go despite missing much of their squad
this week due to international duty.
The 35-year-old skipper said: 'Preparation for this game hasn't
been ideal as we had a number of our key players on national team duty,
which made it difficult to work on certain things. But we cannot make
this an excuse because at the end of the day, we need to play on Friday
night and make sure that we secure maximum points.
'Fortunately, we have had the opportunity to play against them
recently and this doesn't make it completely difficult to plan for them
as we know more or less what to expect from them.
'The squad is itching to get the new league season underway. It's
our first match of the campaign and we really know the importance of
starting on a winning note.'
Lekgwathi also paid tribute to his team-mates who were called up
for Bafana against Burkina Faso: 'Before, I sign off for this week;
please allow me to take this opportunity to congratulate my team-mates
Siyabonga Sangweni, Andile Jali, Tlou Segolela, Oupa Manyisa and Happy
Jele for their well-deserved 3-0 victory over Burkina Faso on Wednesday.
'Big up to Happy (Jele) for finally making his overdue debut for
the senior national team. As for Ace (Oupa Manyisa), it's only a matter
of time before he accomplishes his dream to play for Bafana Bafana.
'MaBhakaniya, the race or should I say marathon, starts on
Friday...I urge you to come out in your numbers to welcome us into the
new season in style and we will do our best that we don't disappoint
Daine Klate has, however, preached caution ahead of the tie. He
said: "I think any game from now until the end of the season will be
difficult, and Black Leopards being new in the league makes no
"It was a tight run-in last season and I think it may be even
tighter this year as many teams would like to collect as many points as
early as possible to avoid a late rush for points, and we are no
different as we are hungry for more success."