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Lekgwathi Explains Why Players Struggle At Big Clubs

Orlando Pirates legend Lucky “Phinda Mzala” Lekgwathi has told Soccer Laduma that many players struggle to cope at bigger clubs because of the hectic schedule that comes with playing for a bigger team.

The Buccaneers have just completed their Zambian tour where they have engaged with various clubs including TP Mazembe and Forest Rangers as they prepare of the upcoming 2018/19 season and Champions League. 

Speaking to the crew, Lekgwathi said it’s not easy to play for a bigger team because of the programme.

“Many players from smaller clubs often only have to deal with the league programme. Sometimes they contend with a cup competition and that’s about it,” he said.  

“At a big club like Pirates you fight for everything. You have to have the mentality of wanting to win everything. That’s why players struggle at big clubs because of the calendar. That can be (a strain) for players who aren’t used to that. When you are playing in the league and you have two cups you are competing for, plus (the) Champions League, can be exhausting. 

“You have to deliver the same performances on all fronts which is hard for players. Look at Pirates’ pre-season, they’ve travelled to Zambia. A lot of the players who are new may not be used to that, so they will need to adjust quickly,” added the Bucs legend.

It’s a mentality that is needed and unfortunately, not many players are able to cope. It’s not because they are not talented, but you need to be able to play at the same level in a more concentrated calendar when you play for a bigger club,” concluded Lekgwathi.   

During his time with the Sea Robbers, Phinda Mzala helped guide Pirates to two league titles and two Telkom Knockout Cups. He also won the Nedbank Cup has two gold medals for bagging the MTN8 Trophy.  

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