Having become an integral part of the Orlando Pirates team, the in-form winger discusses what has been going right as he reveals his dream for the next stage of his career.
Despite falling short in the Telkom Knockout final, Orlando Pirates are playing attractive football this season. A key player giving opposition defenders sleepless nights is winger Thembinkosi Lorch, who is growing tremendously under the tutelage of the Bucs technical staff. In this interview with KICK OFF’s Tshepang Mailwane, the former Maluti FET College player talks about how his game has risen to the next level with the Soweto giants, what it will take for him to be a Bafana Bafana regular and his dream of one day playing in France.
KICK OFF: Hola Thembinkosi! Pirates have been in great form this season, and a lot is expected from the team especially following your Telkom Knockout final defeat. Is the best yet to come from the Buccaneers? Thembinkosi Lorch:
Yes, obviously there is still a lot to improve on, but we are really doing well as a team. When the season started, we were struggling to convert the chances we were creating, but now we are scoring. But yes, there’s still more to come from us.
The team finished second behind Mamelodi Sundowns last year and many believe you can go one step further in this campaign. What are your chances of winning the league this season?
Our focus now is just to win the games we play – we are not focused on winning the league. We just have to make sure we do well in the league and then we will see how things go. Obviously it’s difficult because you have the likes of Sundowns and [Bidvest] Wits who know how to compete for the league title, so it’s not going to be easy. We just have to focus on ourselves and improve on our performances. We have a big squad and the players we have are talented, so if one person is out, then someone else will come in and you won’t see a difference. That’s how much quality we have in the team.
Pirates are playing entertaining football at the moment, which pleases your fans. What are the coaches doing to ensure you both win and please the supporters with good football?
Coach “Micho” [Milutin Sredojevic] and coach Rhulani [Mokwena] have made us a unit and that’s what’s working for us right now. You can see it in the way we are playing: we start with the ball from the back, building it up from defence. There’s no player who does not want to play a passing game in football, so we as players are happy with how we are playing at the moment.