Orlando Pirates stalwart Lucky Lekgwathi’s emotions were running high after calling time on his career at Mayfair.
Lekgwathi announced his decision after Bucs beat Golden Arrows 3-1 in their league opener at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.
The news was somewhat expected as the 40-year-old had been sidelined for the past two seasons with injuries.
Lekgwathi, who won many trophies in his 14 years with Pirates, said: “I’m emotional tonight because I think as Lucky I became a player for all fans, not just the Bucs. I want to thank all of you.
“In 14 years there are plenty of memories but the best by far is the ‘Double Treble’. No doubt. Nothing tops that. I was the first captain to lead a team to a Double Treble and I hope I won’t be the last to do it for this club.
“The time had come for me to call it a day. But I will always be available to any of the players who call on me for advice.”
The former defender added: “The three leaders in this team are good. Happy [Jele], Oupa [Manyisa] and Thabo [Matlaba] have great qualities and can take this team forward, working together.”