Orlando Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi was spotted shedding a tear after Lennox Bacela converted the penalty that restored the Buccaneers’ aggregate lead against arch-rivals, Kaizer Chiefs, in the second leg of the MTN8 semi-finals at Orlando Stadium yesterday.
Pirates went into the game with a 1-0 lead from the first leg, which was cancelled out by Bernard Parker’s goal in the 36th minute, however Bacela’s penalty ensured Bucs’ spot in the MTN8 final.
Speaking to the Siya crew, Lekgwathi revealed why he couldn’t hold his tears back.
“I cried because we needed that goal badly to secure a place in the final. When the game was still one-all, I looked at our supporters and felt so bad for them because I know how bad it feels to lose to Chiefs.
“They (Pirates supporters) badly deserved to walk out of our backyard with the bragging rights and I got so emotional when Lennox converted the kick. I was also happy the boys and technical team fought so hard for our supporters. I love this team and our supporters mean so much to me because I know what they go through whenever we lose to Chiefs.
“They were the first people I thought about when Chiefs were coming at us, and I got so worried, but I’m glad the boys restored our bragging rights,” said the 37-year-old captain.
Asked about his omission in the derby, Lekgwathi told the crew, “Look, everyone obviously wants to play in the derby but the technical team explained the situation and I fully agreed with them.
“They told me they were going to take a risk because I had given more than 100% in an intense match against Al Ahly and therefore there wasn’t enough recovery time before the derby. So they decided to rest me for the final and we all agreed that was the way to go because we have full confidence in Siya (Siyabonga Sangweni). He’s top quality and a great leader, which is why I had no problem with him taking over.
“We won our first derby at Orlando and we also won our first trophy after almost eight years at Moses Mabhida against Moroka Swallows, where we will be playing the final this Saturday,” concluded Lekgwathi.
Pirates will lock horns with Platinum Stars in the final, following their 6-3 aggregate win over Wits, at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.
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