Orlando Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi dropped sinister forces

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In an explosive ‘Captain’s Corner’ column in today’s Daily Sun – which is worth a read for any soccer fan – Lekgwathi says “politics ruined what could have been a great sporting weekend for the team”.

Platinum Stars lifted their first MTN8 trophy at the weekend, after Bucs completely lost their composure in the penalty shoot-out.

Lekgwathi was one of the surprise exclusions from Bucs’ line-up, but told KickOff.com after the game that he “respects the coach’s decision”.

Fans were also surprised to see Andile Jali walking onto the pitch ahead of the game, despite Lehlohonolo Masalesa's name being on the teamsheet, fueling speculation that the coach's choices were being undermined.

Lekgwathi has now added more fuel to the fire, revealing today in the Daily Sun that he believes “sinister forces” are the reason he was dropped – but emphasises that he does not blame De Sa.

The Bucs veteran also claims that the same thing happened to him under Ruud Krol in the 2010 Telkom Knockout Final, where Pirates lost 3-0 to Kaizer Chiefs.

Lekgwathi alleges that certain people at the club are “jealous” that he is still playing, adding: “they want to destroy me”.

The defender says he has set up a meeting with club boss Irvin Khoza to discuss the issue, as “he’s been like a father to me all these years”.