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How Bucs’ Captain Learnt From Lekgwathi Teachings

Top Leadership Key For Orlando Pirates Resurgence

By Soccer Laduma - May 25, 2018 06:25 PM

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. 

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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.

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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.     


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@SCHUSTE Joined: 05 Apr 2018
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@SCHUSTE May 26, 2018 09:12 AM
We demand league tittle next season finish and klaar
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@swazipeterd May 25, 2018 09:49 PM
@score99, i agree with yu..personal ive been asking myself why our faithfuls want Jele gone.i kept on defending him bcos he has been deserving ths role now and future...thank micho for reviving a true buccuneer in happy jele...he is our paulo maldin, ryan giggs, jianluc buffon, steven gerard etc...wht rong had he done cos last season th whole system was dead, but he was blamed and wanted out...if our riivals releaved shaba, would they be! they should be in th NFD.
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scoreman99 May 25, 2018 08:07 PM
I was also against the decision of manyisa been our captain also ahead of jele
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scoreman99 May 25, 2018 08:06 PM
Thanx Micho for been brave to give captain Jele what belong to him,,,this thing of listening to the fans is not good we've been subjected to mobara as a vice captain errr I even failed to pretend about that
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malindi de bucs fan May 25, 2018 07:22 PM
useless Captain
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Shosholoza ka Cadolo May 25, 2018 06:42 PM
Nyatama mst b given a Captain role.

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