Cape Town - Orlando Pirates legend Lucky
Lekgwathi is hopeful that new signing Brilliant Khuzwayo can establish himself
as the club's undisputed number one.
Lekgwathi, who enjoyed an illustrious 14-year
career with the Sea Robbers before retiring in 2016, takes the view that
bringing in a player of Khuzwayo's pedigree from arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs is a
However, he has warned that benching the
goalkeeper will make little sense during the 2018/19 campaign.
stiff competition from the likes of Wayne Sandilands, Jackson Mabokgwane and Siyabonga
Mpontshane at Mayfair.
Nonetheless, Lekgwathi is optimistic that
the 28-year-old can seize the day and secure the starting position for Milutin
"The Brilliant Khuzwayo signing is
perhaps the most talked about because he moved from Kaizer Chiefs to Orlando Pirates,"
he told Soccer Laduma website.
"For me, I still believe that it's
only special players who are given that honour.
"He is joining a very elite
group of players more especially since he is a goalkeeper, so it makes it even
more special. However, it's not going to be easy.
"In recent times, it has become more
acceptable for players to do so and move between the two clubs. However, the
pressure is still more. I'm sure the supporters will be expecting even more
"At Chiefs, he wasn't the number-one
keeper but at Pirates, the expectation will definitely be there and there are
already some really good keepers there.
"But at the same time, you don't go
and buy a keeper from your biggest rival and make him sit on the bench, so it's
going to be tricky one even for the coaches.
"I hope he shows his quality and
becomes a regular. There is so much quality at Pirates, but he has the quality
to show his best."