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No excuses, we need to win trophies next season, says Orlando Pirates forward Thembinkosi Lorch

7:46 AM GMT 03/06/2018
Orlando Pirates, Thembinkosi Lorch
The tricky attacker is eager to help Bafana Bafana qualify for the 2019 Afcon finals

Orlando Pirates forward Thembinkosi Lorch is relishing the opportunity of playing in the Caf Champions League with the Soweto giants next season.

The Buccaneers qualified for the Africa’s most prestigious club competition after finishing second in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) standings during the recent 2017/18 season. 

“Playing in the Champions League has always been a big goal for me. I’ve never played in Africa before in my career,” Lorch told IOL.

The winger-come-striker, who netted four goals in 20 league games during the recent season, is also hungry to win trophies with the Buccaneers. 

“I’m yet to win a trophy at club level. The only trophy that I have managed to win is the Cosafa Cup which I won with Bafana Bafana while I was still playing for Cape Town All Stars in 2016. Pirates have no excuses next season,” he continued.

“We have to fight for all the trophies. I really want to win silverware with them, and we'll give it a full go for ourselves and the fans, “ Lorch said.

The last time the Buccaneers won a major trophy was in 2014. They overcame Bidvest Wits 3-1 in the Nedbank Cup final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Lorch, who was part of the South Africa team that clinched the Four-Nation tournament in Zambia in March 2018, missed the ongoing Cosafa Cup because of an injury.

“Apart from winning trophies, I want to receive regular Bafana Bafana call-ups. My goal is to help Bafana to qualify for the Afcon (Africa Cup of Nations) next year,” he said.

“It is every player's dream to represent his country and play in a big tournament like the Afcon and I’m no different,” Lorch explained.

The former Chippa United winger sustained a long-term injury during Bucs’ 2-1 win over AmaZulu FC at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on the 15th of April 2018.

“I sustained a shoulder injury against AmaZulu towards the end of the season. I fractured a bone in my shoulder and had to have an operation,” he added.

“It was the same shoulder I hurt last season. The difference this season was that it was a fractured bone whereas last season it was just a dislocation. However, I’m now recovering and doing the rehab,” he indicated.

“Having said that I didn’t start out too well. But I picked up during the second half of the season,” he said.

"Now I want to start well in the new season and, most importantly, stay injury free. It is going to be a long season. We will be competing in domestic competitions and in the continent for club and country,” Lorch added. 

“That’s why it is important for me to use this time to rest wisely. Time out, especially for me after the injury, is so important,” he concluded.