Pirates need every drop of sweat and blood to win Confed Cup: Lekgwathi
Former Bucs stalwart urges the team to forget about their indifferent domestic form, stay calm and avoid silly mistakes
In 2015, en route to the Caf Confederation Cup final, trusted Orlando Pirates defender Happy Jele executed a most spectacular own goal against Uganda Revenue Authority, which almost ended the Buccaneers’ run in the competition. This is the sort of blundering that the Buccaneers must avoid if they want to finally win a Caf (Confederation of African Football) trophy in the 21st century, after two failed attempts.
The Bucs have reached two continental finals in the past decade. Having won the Caf Champions Cup (the precursor to the Champions League) in 1995, they failed to add a second star above their badge in 2013 under the tutelage of Roger de Sa, when they fell to Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the final in Cairo. They gave it another shot two years later when they reached the final of the less glamorous Caf Confederation Cup — where they were also put to the sword by Etoile du Sahel, when coach Eric Tinkler and assistant Teboho “Mashwabana” Moloi were at the helm.
Something has to give in the 2021-22 Confederation Cup, in which Pirates meet Al Ahli Tripoli at the Martyrs of February Stadium in Benghazi, Libya in the first leg of their semifinal on Sunday (6pm SA time). The return match in Johannesburg will be at Orlando Stadium on Sunday May 15...