Lucky Lekgwathi doomed

Lucky Lekgwathi doomed

Lucky Lekgwathi doomed

Lucky Lekgwathi’s playing contract at Orlando Pirates has not been renewed . As talks continue regarding a different role at the club for the veteran defender.

Though Lekgwathi has not played for Pirates in the last two years . He has been under contract and registered but has had injuries disturbing his chances for game-time during that period.

“Contract expired and was not renewed,” Pirates official Floyd Mbele tells KickOff.com when asked about the former Buccaneers captain who turned 40 last week.

Lekgwathi – who has not reported back for pre-season under Muhsin Ertugral – has previously been linked with a non-playing role at the club beyond his playing days as reward for the work that he has put in for The Bucs since arriving from Ria Stars back in July 2002.

“That is still a matter of conversation within the club,” adds Mbele responding to Lekgwathi’s future with the club.

In his time at Pirates, Lekgwathi has won the league thrice, MTN8 twice, Nedbank Cup twice and the Telkom Knockout once, lifting him to the exclusive group of players to have won every piece of silverware in domestic football.

Lucky Lekgwathi doomed

In the 14 years that he spent playing for The Bucs he has regularly captained the club as he piled up 342 starts falling to within just 34 games of breaking the record of most starts for the club held by the retired Nigerian goalkeeper Williams Okpara.

Since arriving during the 2002 winter break from Ria Stars along with Thapelo Liau and Abednego Netshiozwi, Lekgwathi has gone on to work under a dozen coaches at Pirates from Roy Barreto, Kosta Papic, Teboho Moloi (caretaker), Milutin Sredojevic, Bibey Mutombo, Owen da Gama, Ruud Krol, Julio Leal, Augusto Palacios, Roger de Sa, Vladimir Vermezovic all the way to Eric Tinkler.

He has also won 14 caps with Bafana Bafana.

 

Lekgwathi has chosen not to give an official word on retiring from football.

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