De Sa: No issues with Lekgwathi

The defender says “sinister forces” are behind him not being selected for the past four matches.

Orlando Pirates.

JOHANNESBURG - Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa on Friday said his side has no problems with Lucky Lekgwathi.

This as the Buccaneers prepare for their crucial CAF Champions League semi-final second leg match against Espérance de Tunis.

The defender claims "sinister forces" at the club are behind him not being selected for the past four matches.

Lekgwathi was left behind as the squad flew to Tunis in Tunisia.

He is the only active player of Pirates squad that played in the 2006 semi-final in the Champions League.

While de Sa acknowledges the experience he brings to the team, he says his squad has enough good players to fill in for him.

"Lucky is a player like everybody else, he's been part of the team throughout. It's just the selection process that we have to select players for different games. Lucky is still very much part of the squad. He is a fantastic captain, a great team member and we work with him every day."

The teams are tied at 0-0 following the game in Orlando Stadium a fortnight ago.

Pirates need a score draw to advance to their first final since 1995.

The match kicks off at 8pm on Saturday.