Them­binkosi Lorch

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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.

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