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Lorch poised to make debut against Pirates

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Thembinkosi Lorch of Mamelodi Sundowns during Mamelodi Sundowns Media Day at Chloorkop in Kempton Park on on the 15 February 2024 © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns’ new signing, Thembinkosi Lorch, admits that he is emotional about having to play his first match against his former team, Orlando Pirates, at Loftus Versfeld Stadium tomorrow.

Lorch joined the Brazilians from Pirates on deadline day. Speaking to the media yesterday at the Sundowns headquarters ahead of what could be his debut match for aMasandawana, Lorch said while it will be difficult for him, he is ready to give his best should he be selected to play.

“It’s difficult to play my first game, especially against my former team, but you know in life, you need to move on,” he said.

“I’m hoping that I will start over the weekend and do my best for my team. They welcomed me well. The spirit in the team is good, every player wants to play over the weekend because we are playing against Pirates, a big team; it’s a big game.

“[But] the coach [Rulani Mokwena] will decide who plays, so it’s up to him.”

Lorch, 30, also took time to thank Pirates chairman, Irvin Khoza, for giving him an opportunity to play for the Buccaneers and said he is grateful to have worn the black and white jersey.

“I remember I signed for Pirates when I was 22 years old. I  left [as a] 30-year-old, so I’m grateful for the opportunity that he [Khoza] gave me. Pirates will always have a special place in my heart,” he said.

“Also, I want to thank the president of Sundowns [Tlhopie Motsepe] for believing in me and bringing me here. I’m looking forward to giving my best for this team, that’s all I can say.”

Thembinkosi Lorch of Mamelodi Sundowns during Mamelodi Sundowns Media Day at Chloorkop in Kempton Park on on the 15 February 2024 © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Written by: Ntsako Mukhari

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