Emotional Showdown – Thembinkosi Lorch Faces Former Club Orlando Pirates in Crucial League Clash

Emotional Showdown – Thembinkosi Lorch Faces Former Club Orlando Pirates in Crucial League Clash

Renowned attacker Thembinkosi Lorch, affectionately known as “Nyoso,” recently shed light on the potential challenge of confronting his former team, Orlando Pirates, while donning the colors of Mamelodi Sundowns.

Lorch, who holds a prominent status among Pirates fans, finalized a notable transfer to Sundowns on the January deadline day, marking the club’s fourth signing in the transfer window.

High-Stakes Battle Between Gauteng Rivals

The imminent face-off between the two Gauteng rivals is scheduled for Saturday, 17 February, at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in the DStv Premiership.

With kick-off set for 20:00, the match promises to be a high-stakes encounter as both teams vie for three crucial points.

Lorch’s Emotional Dilemma and Potential Debut for Sundowns

Acknowledging the emotional complexity of facing his former team, Lorch admitted the difficulty of playing against Orlando Pirates, a club he spent eight impactful years with.

Fondly referred to as “Nyoso,” the talented attacker expressed the challenge of making his debut, especially against a team with which he shares strong emotional ties.

Lorch emphasized the need to move on in life and expressed hope in making a starting appearance over the weekend to contribute to his new team’s success.

Coach’s Decision and Players’ Aspirations

Highlighting the uncertainty of the starting lineup, Lorch deferred to the coach, Rulani Mokwena, to make the crucial decision.

He acknowledged the collective aspiration of players to participate in the match against Pirates, underscoring the significance of facing such a formidable opponent.

Gratitude to Former Club and Welcome to Sundowns

In a poignant acknowledgment, Lorch extended his gratitude to Orlando Pirates, especially recognizing Chairman Dr. Irvin Khoza for providing him the opportunity to wear the iconic black and white colors.

He reminisced about signing with Pirates at the age of 22 and expressed his enduring appreciation for the club.

Lorch also thanked Mamelodi Sundowns’ president, Dr. Patrice Motsepe, for the trust placed in him and the warm welcome to the Sundowns family.


Anticipating a promising journey with Sundowns, Lorch voiced his eagerness to give his best to the team.

He praised the positive team spirit and expressed confidence in making valuable contributions in his new endeavor.

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