Hello fellow Buccaneers! It takes a special talent to play into his late 30’s and an even more special talent to hit the next decade. With Lucky Lekgwathi just under two years off the big 40, will he be able to join the elite club of players who have stayed on the pitch for that long?
The Orlando Pirates skipper recently told Soccer Laduma’s Supporters Club that ‘God will decide when I retire’, when asked if he thought about hanging up his boots.
Lekgwathi has been a valiant servant at the club, but has fallen short of game time at the age of 38.
An old, reignited ankle injury has kept Lucky rooted to the sidelines this season, and he is yet to make one official league appearance this campaign.
Few footballers have managed to break the 40-year-old barrier in their careers, with the likes of Paolo Maldini and Ryan Giggs having famously done so, but under the guidance of excellent doctors and coaches.
However, who knows if Lekgwathi will make it that far? With game time slowly diminishing for the skipper, and with only a few months remaining on Lucky’s current contract, it remains to be seen whether or not the club will offer him a contract extension.
It seems a long shot that Lucky will be able to make it into his 40’s with regular game time under his belt, but if the club feel that an extension is worthy, they could very well choose to utilise him selectively to ensure longevity.
Ghosts, do you think Lucky has two more seasons in him? Or should he call it quits now?