Orlando Pirates left winger Thembinkosi Lorch reached his 100th career league appearance over the weekend in their 1-0 away win against Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium.
The 27-year-old playmaker was signed by the Soweto giants in 2015 from Maluti FET College at the age of 21.
Lorch spent a few seasons on loan spells at Cape Town All Stars and Chippa United, where he made his Premier Soccer League (PSL) debut during the 2016/17 season.
The Bloemfontein-born footballer’s most appearances have come in the Sea Robbers colours, having played 87 games and weighed in 32 goals.
In an interview with the Buccaneers’ official website, Lorch said that: “I wasn’t aware until I was told after the game. It’s not something I usually check.”
The enthusiastic midfielder says his biggest highlight in the South African football top-flight was when he won the 2018/19 PSL Footballer of the Season award.
Nyoso, as he is popularly known, recently won his first trophy with the ‘Happy People’ when they defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 in the final of the 2020 MTN8 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
However, the Bafana Bafana international reckons that his side needs to be consistent in order to win more silverware.
“We need to work hard, we need to play for one another, and make sacrifices for one another. I think if we do that, we’ll be able to win more trophies,” he adds.
The Pirates marksman put it on record that he would still like to achieve more in his career and possibly win the Footballer of the Season award again.
“With the team, I obviously want to win more trophies. Also, I would like to be a Footballer of the Season. That was a good experience for me, personally. I think it is possible to do it again,” Lorch stated.
He went on to send a message of wisdom to Bucs’ supporters urging them to continue rally behind the club during these trying times.
“They must know that we do our best and work hard to keep them happy,” he says in conclusion.
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By Mauwane Raophala