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‘I don’t blame anyone’, says Lorch after winning another R100K Man of the Match 

Orlando Pirates winger Thembinkosi Lorch has weighed in on their disappointing loss to Richards Bay after his Man of the Match performance, pocketing another R100 000, in the Carling Black Label Knockout Cup quarter-finals on Saturday afternoon.

The Buccaneers suffered a 5-4 defeat on penalties following a 0-0 draw after 120 tiresome minutes at Moses Mabhida Stadium. 

Lorch returned to action a fortnight ago when Pirates eliminated Cape Town Spurs in the very same competition with a 2-0 scoreline at Orlando Stadium.

On that day, the Pirates star Lorch celebrated his return from injury with a Man of the Match display voted by fans.

Thembinkosi Lorch in action for Orlando Pirates in the Carling Black Label Knockout Cup.
Thembinkosi Lorch in action for Orlando Pirates in the Carling Black Label Knockout Cup


The 30-year-old footballer reckons that he can’t blame anyone for not burying their clear-cut chances, because the opposition goalie did very well to save their balls. 

“When it comes to the game, I think we started very well. We created a lot of chances you know,” said Lorch after receiving his Man of the Match prize money. 

“Like the coach told us before, the last game that we played against Cape Town Spurs we didn’t start well. Today, we had to start well. It’s just that we didn’t convert our chances. 

“We always create chances, and I don’t blame anyone for not scoring. The keeper saved the balls. But we are very disappointed we didn’t go through.”


The talented winger went on to touch on the issue of the busy schedule, as the side plays on Wednesdays and weekends mostly. 

“It’s not easy, you can see we play Wednesday and weekend. So, it’s not easy. We just need to recover well so that we can focus on another game,” he added. 

Pirates will now focus on their next home match against Sekhukhune United on Tuesday, 7 November 2023. 

The game between the Soweto giants and Babina Noko will kick off at 19:30 at Orlando Stadium. 

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