Thembinkosi Lorch blames himself for Orlando Pirates' Telkom knockout final defeat

The 25-year-old attacker had a good game as he netted in extra-time to ensure that the match went to a penalty shootout

Orlando Pirates attacking midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch cut a disappointed figure following the Telkom Knockout Cup final.

The Buccaneers lost 3-2 to Baroka FC on penalties after a 2-2 draw in an enthralling final at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday night.

Lorch, who picked up the man of the match accolade, felt that he had cost the team by missing the last spot-kick.

“To be honest I’m heartbroken you know. I feel like I cost the team. The red card killed us,” Lorch told SuperSport TV.

Pirates were reduced to 10-men when Marshall Munetsi was sent off for a dangerous tackle in the first half.

“But I think after the red card we managed to play well. We were not sitting back we were attacking them and we managed to get the second goal [the two goals]. Unfortunately we lost on penalties," he continued.

Lorch stated that they worked hard as a team on the night, but it was not their day as Bakgaga beat them to secure their maiden major cup trophy.

“It doesn’t matter. I could have done better to score a penalty for us to into sudden death. But it wasn’t to be. We worked hard you know to go to the penalties. Credit must go to all the guys, the technical team for believing in us. It was just not our day," Lorch said.

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The South Africa international urged Bucs fans to continue supporting the team as they turn their focus to the PSL, Caf Champions League and Nedbank Cup.

“I’d like to say to them they must keep on supporting us we still have three cups to play for. We’ll make them happy,” he concluded.

Pirates will take on Free State Stars in a PSL match at the Goble Park on Tuesday.

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