Orlando Pirates legend hopeful the new captain to lift a trophy after him

Orlando Pirates legend Lucky Lekgwathi is sad to have the distinction of being the last Bucs captain to lift a trophy.

Lekgwathi skippered Pirates in the Nedbank Cup final win over Bidvest Wits at Moses Mabhida Stadium in 2014 when Vladimir Vermezovic was in charge of the Soweto giants.

The game proved to be Lekgwathi’s swansong as he retired after Pirates’ 3-1 defeat of Golden Arrows on the opening day of the 2015/16 season at Orlando Stadium.

Bucs have come close to honours since then, losing the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup decider to Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia and going down in consecutive Nedbank Cup finals to SuperSport United in 2016 and 2017.

Lekgwathi, who famously captained Pirates to the ‘Double treble’ from 2010 to 2012, is hopeful the Buccaneers can end their trophy drought in the coming campaign under the tutelage of head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic and his assistant Rhulani Mokwena.

“I’m feeling sad about that. Before Senzo Meyiwa passed away [in 2014] I said to him, I’ll give him my blessings and unfortunately God took him,” Lekgwathi said.

“But you know what, the way they played this past season, I think this coming season they are going to win something under the guidance of Micho and Rhulani Mokwena.”

Pirates came second in the PSL in 2017/18, bouncing back from a worst-ever 11th place showing under the collective watch of Muhsin Ertugral, Augusto Palacios and Kjell Jonevret the season before.

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