In an eagerly awaited showdown, Orlando Pirates’ star attacker, Thembinkosi Lorch, is poised to return to action in the final of the 2023 MTN8 competition.
After a challenging season filled with personal struggles and injuries, Lorch’s presence on the field is expected to inject new energy into the Buccaneers as they face off against Mamelodi Sundowns.
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The Past Triumphs
Lorch’s last appearance for the club was in the final of the Nedbank Cup against Sekhukhune United last season.
In that memorable encounter, he played a pivotal role in securing the trophy for Orlando Pirates, marking their second silverware of the season, having previously claimed the MTN8 title.
A Troubled Season For Thembinkosi Lorch
However, the current season has been far from smooth sailing for the 30-year-old attacker.
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Both personal issues and injuries have kept him sidelined for an extended period, leaving fans eagerly anticipating his return to the pitch.
One significant obstacle Lorch faced off the field was a legal matter.
He was found guilty of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to Fundiswa Mathithibala.
The sentencing process has been marred by postponements, adding to the uncertainty surrounding his future both on and off the field.
Despite the setbacks, Thembinkosi Lorch, affectionately known as “Nyoso” among South African football enthusiasts, has made a remarkable comeback.
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He recently joined his teammates in training at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, a promising sign for Pirates’ faithful supporters.
The stage is set for a thrilling clash as Orlando Pirates prepare to take on Sundowns.
With Lorch back in action, fans can expect an electrifying showdown between these football giants.
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The match is scheduled to kick off at 6 pm and will be broadcasted on Supersport PSL, Variety 4, and Sabc 1.