• Lorch talks about his disappointment after joining Pirates

    Orlando Pirates forward Thembinkosi Lorch has opened up about his disappointment he had after joining the Buccaneers from Maluti FET College FC four years ago.

    After completing his move to the Soweto giants back in 2015, the Free State-born attacker was sent out on a season-long loan to National First Division (NFD) outfit Cape Town All Stars.

    Upon his return to Pirates the following season, Lorch was loan out to Chippa United in 2016 before the Buccaneers recalled him in January 2017.

    The 25-year-old has now revealed that he was ‘very disappointed’ after he was loan out on numerous occasions when he signed for the Sea Robbers.

    ‘When I signed for the club back in 2015, I won’t lie I was very disappointed when I had to go out on loan soon afterwards,’ Lorch told his club’s official website.

    ‘I went from total elation (by signing for Pirates) to sadness as soon as I heard that I would be going out on loan immediately. At first, I saw it as a kick in the teeth. After all, I thought to myself, “why sign me if you want me to go on loan”.

    ‘I was demoralised a bit but thankfully my father was there to speak sense into me. He was frank and honest. He said “my boy, you need to be special to play for Pirates. They already see something in you, now work to get that something special out of you”.

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