Lekgwathi: Strikers need to be less selfish

VETERAN Orlando Pirates defender Lucky Lekgwathi believes the Buccaneers need to be less selfish in front of goal if they are to find the target in their Telkom Knockout quarterfinal against Bloemfontein Celtic at Free State Stadium on Sunday.

Pirates are coming off a dull, goalless draw against AmaZulu in a league encounter at Orlando Stadium at the weekend.

“In the box you must have composure because I think the selfishness sometimes is playing a part,” Lekgwathi said ahead of the last-eight fixture.

“I think we are playing very well but the only problem is scoring goals.

“Even against AmaZulu I think we created a lot of chances but we never converted them.

“We came together as a team just to sort out that problem.”

Lekgwathi said playing the Free State side on their home turf was always a challenge.

Pirates went down 1-0 against Celtic in a league clash in Bloemfontein in September, but they have gone unbeaten since, with a league victory over University of Pretoria, a win over Black Leopards in the first round of the Telkom Knockout, and last week’s stalemate against AmaZulu.

“Last time we went to Bloemfontein we lost to them, but we regrouped and managed to beat Tuks, and then [we were unbeaten] against Leopards and AmaZulu, but the guys know that it’s going to be a big mountain to climb.”

Newly appointed Pirates coach Roger de Sa said the atmosphere at the stadium was always special, with support traditionally shown for both teams when the Buccaneers played in Bloemfontein, and his side would aim to get revenge for their league defeat.

“It’s fantastic to go out there and see that stadium rock. It really rocks and it’s great for the game,” De Sa said.

“We need to go back there and reverse the result from the league. I really felt we deserved more than the 1-0 loss.

“If we can improve on a few mistakes and get better we will have enough to be in the hat on Monday.”

On Saturday, AmaZulu play Mamelodi Sundowns in Umlazi, while Wits take on Free State Stars in Johannesburg.

“Amazulu will not be an easy team to beat because they are a good side, and have been playing good football of late,” said Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens.

“They have drawn and won their last two matches, which is a big confidence booster for their players.”

The quarterfinals were set to kick off with a clash between Maritzburg United and SuperSport United in Pietermaritzburg on Friday night.-Sapa


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