It's déjà vu for Bucs, Leopards
ORLANDO Pirates are targeting yet another treble in the Premier Soccer League to mark their 75th anniversary.
Captain Lucky Lekgwathi is adamant Pirates are back to winning ways after defeating University of Pretoria 3-1 in the Absa Premiership in Tshwane last time out.
"This is a big year in the history of Pirates. Our club is celebrating 75 years and we want it to be a memorable one," he said.
"Our supporters are used to celebrating treble successes in the past two seasons. It's a trend we want to maintain, but it won't be an easy task.
"We will have to work hard to win our third successive treble because all the other clubs have reinforced with quality players."
On Saturday's Telkom Knockout quarterfinal against Black Leopards at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane at 6pm, Lekgwathi said: "Leopards are doing well this season. They have lost only one match (to Kaizer Chiefs) out of seven in the league. We expect a big fight but want to start the defence of our title with a win."
This will be the second successive season that Pirates meet Leopards in the first round of this tournament.
Last season, Pirates beat Lidoda Duvha 2-1 through goals by Benni McCarthy and Rudolf Bester.
"We are not only targeting the treble but also want to reclaim the African Champions League," said Lekgwathi.