The former Bafana Bafana international stressed the importance of loyalty after spending more than a decade with the Bucs
Orlando Pirates icon Lucky Lekgwathi may have been aiming an indirect dig at George Lebese and Oupa Manyisa when he explained why players do not stay at a single club for long these days.
Lebese and Manyisa began their professional careers at Kaizer Chiefs and Pirates, respectively, where they were cult heroes, before leaving the two Soweto giants for the big spenders Mamelodi Sundowns in 2017.
Lekgwathi, who achieved legendary status with Pirates during his 12-year stint at the club, feels that professional footballers nowadays play for money instead of representing the club’s badge.
‘It’s not common because you know today that players are looking for money. “If you remember at the time, players used to play for a badge, but now players are looking for money,” said Lekgwathi. iDiski Times.
‘If you want to play it clear, they will move to another team, and if you look at whether most players want to play for Sundowns, because they say it’s a team that can play more than anyone else.
‘That’s why people now do not have loyalty because of money. This is why we sometimes have to learn from our bosses that you do not have to have money, but that you are looking for loyalty, so that you can even play elsewhere after a certain team. “
The man nicknamed Phinda Mzala has spoken out after his former Pirates team-mate Happy Jele, who is one of the few club men in the PSL, became the first player to score 400 games for the Soweto giants when he played against Swallows at the weekend. FC started. .
Phinda Mzala refused to disclose the names of players he was dealing with, Lebese and Manyisa who were struggling to make a big impact on Sundowns, and they were released by the Tshwane giants.
‘But it’s 50/50, sometimes it pays, sometimes it does not pay. “I think it’s nice to stay with one team, because if you can look, most players retire at a young age because they do not want to be loyal to their teams,” he said.
‘If you look at players who left Orlando Pirates and went to Sundowns or left Kaizer Chiefs and went to Sundowns, where are they today? I do not want to name names, it’s too much.
“So it teaches us something, but players are players, they will not change, and they are there to earn money to support their families.”
Lebese and Manyisa are currently clubless, but the latter is strongly linked with National First Division club Platinum City Rovers.