Despite the accolade, Lorch ended up on the losing side after the Buccaneers went down 5-4 on penalties to Moroccan opponents RS Berkane after the match finished 1-1 after extra-time.
The encounter as goalless after 90 minutes, but RS Berkane took a 1-0 lead in the first period of extra-time (97th minute) through Youssef El Fahli from the penalty spot, before Lorch scored in the 117th minute to give Orlando Pirates a lifeline.
However, the Moroccan side, who won the CAF Confederation Cup in 2020, were flawless in the penalty shootout, winning 5-4 to lift the trophy.
Thembinkosi Lorch was the only penalty taker from either side to miss his effort.
Orlando Pirates scored penalties through Happy Jele, Tshegofatso Mabasa, Thabang Monare and Richard Ofori.
South Africa remain winless in the CAF Confederation Cup, Africa’s second-tier club competition.
Better luck next time, Buccaneers.
CAF CONFEDERATION CUP WINNERS TO DATE:
2004 – Hearts of Oak (Ghana)
2005 – FAR Rabat (Morocco)
2006 – Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
2007 – CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)
2008 – CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)
2009 – Stade Malien (Mali)
2010 – FUS Rabat (Morocco)
2011 – MAS Fez (Morocco)
2012 – AC Leopards (Congo)
2013 – CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)
2014 – Al Ahly (Egypt)
2015 – Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
2016 – TP Mazembe (DR Congo)
2017 – TP Mazembe (DR Congo)
2018 – Raja Casablanca (Morocco)
2019 – Zamalek (Egypt)
2020 – RS Berkane (Morocco)
2021 – Raja Casablanca (Morocco)
2022 – RS Berkane (Morocco)