Orlando Pirates’ legendary former captain Lucky Lekgwathi believes that Pirates must take no chances and play Sunday’s semi-final second leg against Al Ahli Tripoli, like it’s the final.
Pirates hold a 2-0 advantage after the first leg in Libya, and while the Bucs are favourites to go through to the CAF Confederation Cup final, Lekgwathi warns that there must be no complacency.
The former Bucs skipper says Al Ahli reached the semi-finals and should not be underestimated or taken lightly, and he hopes Pirates go out there and improve on the two-goal margin.
“You know what, going away and winning the game 2-0, it shows that you have the character of coming home and winning the game with more than two goals,” Lekgwathi told iDiski Times.
“For us supporters, coming back home it’s an obvious win but for them, there is still a big mountain to climb, because you can’t underestimate a team that reached the semi-finals.
“They are not there by mistake. It shows that they are a good team. They shouldn’t underestimate the opposition, if they score 10, you also score 10, if they score five, you score five, so that whomever they meet in the final, must have fear.
“So for me, I so wish they can just win with a margin score, not just one goal but many goals.”
“I meet and chat to a lot of Orlando Pirates supporters and all of them are saying we are in the final.
“What I can say to players and management is that don’t underestimate anyone because the ball is round and it can surprise you.
“They must play the second leg like it is a final.
“Sometimes it is good to have experienced players because I know the excitement of the players.
“Like now for them they are already in the final and teams can come here and surprise you.
“But I think for them, reading comments from legends who played for Pirates who are cautioning them is going to help the players.
“Also having a chairman like Irvin Khoza, I’m talking from experience, on games like this he would come and talk to us.
“He would remind us that players will be in the history books of Orlando Pirates, and again they would be the first team to win a Champions League and Confed Cup trophies.”
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