Register Login Scores

Orlando Pirates

Pirates Coach Talks Lorch And Discipline

For Rulani Mokwena, the best player in the country remains none other than Thembinkosi Lorch despite the Orlando Pirates talisman going through a bit of a tough spell and being sent off midweek, which effectively ended his game time in 2019.

Many have argued the holder of the Footballer of the Season award has been a shadow of a player that cleaned up at the Premier Soccer League event in May this year, but his club coach continues to back him.  

Read: Pitso: Do I Want To Risk That? 

“Unfortunately we forget that he is still the reigning Footballer of the Season and sometimes I think we put undue pressure because of social media,” Mokwena told the media.  

“So the expectations are based more on that. I always tell him that he’s still the best player in the country. Who has the award of Footballer of the Season at home? It’s Thembinkosi Lorch. He has got nothing to prove to anybody.”

Lorch was red carded for retaliation in Pirates’ 3-2 Absa Premiership victory against Polokwane City on Tuesday night and has also had close calls in previous matches where he was lucky to have still been on the pitch.

Read: PSL Give Downs Major TKO Boost 

There were also suggestions that no move to Europe materialised even though Pirates received numerous offers from both French and Belgian clubs during the most recent transfer window that slammed shut on September 2.

“Some of the incidents, like you mention, are difficult to assess because like the (Polokwane) incident, he was fouled. With a little bit more emotional intelligence he could have avoided the situation. But it’s different to the Chiefs one (his stamp on Billiat) or the previous match. We can’t be too critical of Nyoso. He is still the best player in the country. If someone wants to argue I will talk stats. The award is at his house,” said Mokwena.

Earn Airtime & Data With Soccer Laduma’s Social Media App - Download Now 

16 comments

Top 5

Confirmed: CAF Make Qualification Request To Hunt & JZ

43 Nov 30, 2020 11:33 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid Player At Each EPL Club Revealed

10 Oct 26, 2020 07:15 PM in Cadbury

Worker Fired After Taking Pic With Maradona's Dead Body

18 Nov 27, 2020 09:34 AM in World News

Chippa At Risk Of Losing Midfielder?

3 Nov 30, 2020 01:50 PM in Siyagobhoza

Breaking! Pitso Clinches Second Champions League Title

317 Nov 27, 2020 10:57 PM in Players Abroad

Downs/Sirino Impasse Escalates!

72 Nov 30, 2020 02:38 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Worker Fired After Taking Pic With Maradona's Dead Body

18 Nov 27, 2020 09:34 AM in World News

In Pictures: Pitso & Al Ahly Celebrate Record CAF CL Title

35 Nov 28, 2020 10:54 AM in Players Abroad

Maradona's Last Words On Messi & Ronaldo

6 Nov 27, 2020 08:36 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Downs/Sirino Impasse Escalates!

72 Nov 30, 2020 02:38 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

14 Footballers Who Have Degrees

28 Sep 16, 2020 08:30 PM in World News

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

How Pitso Helped Ahly Shatter Real Madrid’s Record

12 Nov 30, 2020 10:38 AM in Players Abroad