Absa Premiership

Lekgwathi backs Bucs for silverware

2017-04-24 12:05
Kjell Jonevret (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Legendary Orlando Pirates defender Lucky Lekgwathi is confident his former club have the kind of momentum needed to go and win the Nedbank Cup.

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.

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