- Orlando Pirates legend Lucky Lekgwathi hopes the Buccaneers will end its trophy drought
- Lekgwathi was the last Pirates captain to win silverware when he lifted the Nedbank Cup in 2014
- The club has come close to honours since 2014, having made the finals of the 2015 CAF Champions Cup and both the 2015 and 2016 Nedbank Cup
Orlando Pirates legend Lucky Lekgwathi is hopeful that the glamour club can end its trophy drought which stretches back to the 2014 Nedbank Cup final. Lekgwathi was the last Orlando Pirates captain to win silverware for the club when the side won the 2014 Nedbank Cup.
Lekgwathi said he is sad to be remembered as the last captain of the Buccanneers to have won a trophy and hopes the team will be able to take the next step and win some silverware in the upcoming 2018/19 season.
Lekgwathi is remembered as a legend of the club in part because he led the team during a golden period in which the club completed the ‘Double Treble’ of winning the Premier Soccer League (PSL), Nedbank Cup and the MTN8 from 2010 to 2012.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the ‘Double Treble’ achieved by the Buccaneers marks the first time the treble has been achieved since the start of the current PSL-era. Kaizer Chiefs was the last team to achieve the treble in 1992 when the league was still in a different form.
Kickoff.co.za reported that since Lekgwathi’s retirement at the start of the 2015/16 PSL season Orlando Pirates have come heartbreakingly close to winning silverware, but have always had to play the bridesmaid in finals.
The team made it to the 2015 CAF Confederations Cup final but lost out to Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia. The Buccaneers also twice lost the Nedbank Cup final against SuperSport United in 2016 and 2017.
Lekgwathi is optimistic that the current squad has enough firepower to finally end its trophy drought and says he believes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic and his assistant Rhulani Mokwena are will lead the team to victory.
Lekgwathi said he believed the side showed great promise during the 2017/18 season and believed the way they played and trained under Sredojevic would bear fruit in the new season. He said he believed the team would win something this season.
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