Cape Town - Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Steve Lekoelea believes that Thabo Rakhale's primary objective at this juncture will be to win over the club's fans.
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Rakhale joined Orlando Pirates at the start of the current campaign, after spending a season at Polokwane City.
During his tenure at Pirates the 25-year-old midfielder has made just 14 Premiership appearances for the club and has breached opposition defences once during that period.
The talent is there for everybody to see. However, Lekoelea insists that if any of Lekoelea's objectives at the club are to be realised, the club will have a significant role to play in the level of success that he has in Soweto.
"When he returned to Pirates this season I told him that when he gets a chance to play, the first thing he needs is to get the crowd on his side," Lekoelea told KickOff.
Ever since clubs like Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates emerged as football giants in South Africa, entertainment value has been at the forefront of their philosophy and thinking.
Lekoelea explained that Rakhale needed to be mindful of that during his career at Pirates.
"In South Africa when you play for Chiefs or Pirates it's very important that you win the crowd over," said Lekoelea.
"Now that Thabo has done that, he needs to focus on his game and keep his feet on the ground. He is a good player, but he must work hard.
“Whether he starts or not, he must get his mind right so that he is always ready to play," added Lekoelea.