Orlando Pirates’ Thembinkosi Lorch has decided to give a more in-depth acceptance speech after his short and concise one at the PSL's end of season awards in Durban at the weekend, where he emerged as the big winner with the Players’ Player of the Season and Footballer of the Season awards.
As described by his club, Lorch is ‘the often quiet and shy’ person and ‘isn’t one of those players that you will hear talking much.’ The 25-year-old is ‘never one to hog the spotlight or to complain’, as described by the Buccaneers.
The Ficksburg-born player has taken to the club’s official website to thank more people who have played an important role in his life and career, including his parents.
“This has been the best season of my career by far. All the hard work that I put in this season has paid off, it’s just a pity that as a team we didn’t win any silverware,” Lorch told Pirates’ official website.
“I also would like to use this opportunity now to thank some people who I omitted last night in my acceptance speech. I was very emotional and almost cried but one day later with everything having sunk in, I would like to once again thank my parents – thank you for everything you have done for me and what you continue to do. I owe all that I have to you. I could not have done this without you and for that reason this is much your award as it is mine,” added the star.
“A big thanks also to the entire Pirates technical team for all they have done for me this season and for always pushing me to do more. The pursuit for excellence is what forces us to reflect and also want to better ourselves as players. Lorch added.
“And finally, to my teammates and all the players that I competed with this year. I would like to extend my gratitude to you all and thank you for voting for me. There is no better recognition than that of your own peers and for that I will forever cherish this award. Thank you Magents, it has been an exciting season; let’s do it all again next season,” concluded the attacking midfielder.