Johannesburg - Legendary Orlando Pirates defender Lucky Lekgwathi is
confident his former club have the kind of momentum needed to go and win the
Since the arrival of Kjell Jonevret in February, Pirates
have enjoyed a steady up-turn in form and have climbed to within two points of
the top eight while also reaching the Nedbank Cup semi-finals after their
hard-fought 2-1 extra-time victory over Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday night.
Lekgwathi, who was in the team the last time the Buccaneers
won the competition, in the 2013/14 campaign, feels that the chemistry in the
current team under Jonevret suggests they could go all the way in 2017.
"The arrival of a new coach can have that effect on
players and that's mainly because they have a lot to prove to the new coach.
It's a mental thing, really," he told Goal.
"I believe they can do it. That's what we did in the
2013/14 season. We knew the league title was out of our reach, so we focused on
finishing in the top eight and clinched the Nedbank Cup.
"This is what the current group of players need to do.
They must fight to the finish and I am confident they can do it.
"They are skilful, talented and a wonderful team. The
confidence is back. It can be done," he added.