Lucky Lekgwathi might have retired as a professional footballer, but his legacy lives on at Orlando Pirates.
Known for his love for Pirates and dedication to the game, Lekgwathi had always been a go-to guy for advice for Bucs players, especially the new and young ones – be it on or off the field – until his official retirement from his professional career was announced in 2016.
From Bucs’ current squad, Happy Jele is one of the players playing a leadership role in the team.
During the second round of the 2017/18 season, in a league game for Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic in April, Jele achieved a milestone of reaching 200 appearances in the Absa Premiership.
The defender is the long-serving player at Bucs at present, having joined the Soweto giants back in 2006.
In his interview in edition 1074 of Soccer Laduma, the 31-year-old spoke – among other interesting football topics – about the role that coach Milutin Sredojevic wants him to play behind the scenes at Pirates.
“The coach and his whole technical team want and expect me to guide the guys, especially the new and young guys so that they understand what it means to play for this club. Having been here all these years, I know the history and culture of this team better than many, so I have to lead by example and ensure that the guys learn and grow, while not neglecting my responsibilities on the field. They want me to do what the likes of Lucky Lekgwathi did (with) me because they guided me to become the player I am today. I’m happy the guys are responding well and willing to give their all for the club,” said Jele.
Be sure not to miss Jele’s interview in edition 1074 of Soccer Laduma for the veteran defender’s views on Pirates’ progress, and how he deals with disruptions in form due to injury.