Thembinkosi Lorch, the Orlando Pirates midfielder, was overcome with emotion after receiving the man of the match award for his performance in the Carling Knockout Cup first round match against Cape Town Spurs on Friday night.
Lorch returns to action for Pirates
Lorch was named in the starting line-up for the first time this season, after missing the previous games due to injury and personal issues.
He had a positive impact on the game, creating chances and linking up well with his teammates.
Pirates won the game 2-0, thanks to goals from Tapelo Xoki and Kermit Erasmus1.
Lorch voted by fans as man of the match
As part of the Carling Knockout Cup format, fans get to vote for their man of the match, who receives a R100 000 cheque.
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Lorch was the overwhelming choice of the fans, who appreciated his contribution to the Pirates’ victory.
Lorch expresses gratitude to God for his return to the team.
In an emotional interview with SABC Sport, Lorch thanked God, his teammates, and the fans for their support.
He said: “I would like to thank God for everything. I would like to thank my teammates, we had to come back strong.
“We have a good team, we work hard. I would like to thank my family, my friends, and everyone who supported me during this difficult time.
He received a warm applause from the crowd at Orlando Stadium, who showed their love and respect for him.
Lorch looks forward to next challenge
He said he was happy to be back on the field and playing for Pirates.
He said he was ready for the next challenge, which is the quarterfinals of the Carling Knockout Cup.
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He said: “The pressure will always be there but we always find a way to deliver. We just take it one game at a time.”