Absa Premiership

Lekgwathi 'privileged' to play in Meyiwa commemoration match

2018-06-07 13:10
Lucky Lekgwathi and Senzo Meyiwa (Gallo Images)

Cape Town – Former Orlando Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi says he feels honoured to take part in the upcoming Senzo Meyiya commemoration match.

The game takes place on Saturday, June 9 at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi, Durban, the area where former Orlando Pirates keeper Meyiwa, who was tragically shot and killed in 2014, hailed from.

Siyanda Xulu, Siyabonga Nomvethe, Andile Jali, Itumeleng Khune, Mbulelo Mabizela, Siyabonga Sangweni, Jabu Mahlangu, Steve Lekoelea and Benedict Vilakazi are all expected to take part.

"For me this is a special occasion, I'm privileged to be part of it. I'm glad it is finally happening," Lekgwathi told the Daily Sun.

"I think what will make the day even more special is to have a full stadium. Senzo was not only a Pirates player but a national team player and it would be nice if people came out in numbers to commemorate and honour him.”

The 41-year-old Lekgwathi, who retired two seasons ago, also made mention of the special relationship he had shared with former Bafana shot-stopper Meyiwa.

"I groomed him and was there for him when things were not going his way at the club. I was close to him and his family," he said.

"I remember when Moeneeb Josephs joined the club and Senzo was dropped to make way for the new guy. He was so heartbroken, telling me he loved the team and didn't want to leave.

"I told him to work hard and wait for his turn. And when his turn came, he never looked back. I was so proud of him. I always believed he was destined for great things," Lekgwathi concluded.

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