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Lekgwathi Explains Why Players Struggle At Big Clubs

Orlando Pirates legend and former captain says adjusting to a big club is difficult for some players

By Soccer Laduma - Jul 19, 2018 03:26 PM

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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patrivic Joined: 18 Jun 2014
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patrivic Jul 19, 2018 07:41 PM
@PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN you had a coach with good English compressor, now you hired another one who will need a translator...
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patrivic Jul 19, 2018 07:38 PM
The true legend has spoken
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# One man Skippa Jul 19, 2018 07:08 PM
Leshonile maize defending champs.
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Jul 19, 2018 04:47 PM
For the past 8 years, fau won 4 cups whilst bucs scooped 7 of them....asikakhohlwa.
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Jul 19, 2018 04:45 PM
7 times champion phinda mzala.
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So-Mathabo-KBY Jul 19, 2018 04:13 PM
....but your son Nyauza has adjusted very well
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wash & wear Jul 19, 2018 04:00 PM
@PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN tell them my soon to be QUADRUPLE CHAMP
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Jul 19, 2018 03:58 PM
They celebrated being on second position in the Lig as if they head Won a Cup sieess
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Jul 19, 2018 03:57 PM
Being Cup-less it's an achievement for Mayfair donkys
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@SCHUSTE Jul 19, 2018 03:56 PM
Mr editor Zebras hrt is bleeding when you busy with Pirates articles so be careful this hooligans can destroy this page like Moses Mabhida kikikikikikikiki
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Jul 19, 2018 03:56 PM
Trophy-less fighters every season
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Jul 19, 2018 03:55 PM
Rats failures fc
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majenz Jul 19, 2018 03:54 PM
Double treble winning captain concluded
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wash & wear Jul 19, 2018 03:54 PM
toothlesss khoza told you to get matric if you want a job at rats offices but wena you are doing thee opposite busy praaating nyoso, no pressure at imizwilili fc at all
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K1 goat Jul 19, 2018 03:49 PM
Shut up wena Phinda mzala or i will call The smilling Assasin. Rats are not fighting for anything all they know it to make noise about Chiefs while they have a 4 years trophy drought.
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wash & wear Jul 19, 2018 03:48 PM
you were a cow yourself in your days so shuuuuut up or i'll call knowledge musona to make you dance bengu bengu again
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wash & wear Jul 19, 2018 03:46 PM
When you are playing in the league and you have two cups you are competing for, plus (the) Champions League, can be exhausting. .....so at imizwilili fc you are only competing for ligi n 2 domestic cups not 3
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Jul 19, 2018 03:43 PM
Four years without Trophy Siees and wena Phinda mzala u busy telling us how rats fight for everything
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Bukwayinja Jul 19, 2018 03:42 PM
He was indirectly referring to Chiefs players. #umoya wam uyavuma
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Jul 19, 2018 03:41 PM
But at Rats they've Been fighting to be Cup-less ever since Senzo passed away

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