Makhanya issues Lorch, Shonga warning


Orlando Pirates legend Joseph 'Dukuduku' Makhanya has advised the club's star Thembinkosi Lorch to deal with his issues in a better manner.

Lorch and his teammate Justin Shonga were recently suspended by the Soweto giants after breaching club protocol, resulting in both of them being excluded from the squad that initially reported for the BSE.

'Nyoso' however has completed his disciplinary proceedings and returned to the squad for Pirates' 1-1 draw with Baroka FC on Tuesday, coming on in the second half.

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Makhanya says the Bafana Bafana star would be wrong to start breaking club rules just to push for his dream move overseas, if indeed that is what has been happening.

"You know what I can say is, as an institution you are trying to instil discipline, but it's a pity we don't even know why they were suspended," Makhanya tells

"But if the team saw it fit to suspend them then it means whatever they were suspended for, it was due to lack of discipline and not behaving well. I think we must respect the team's decision.

"Most of the time Pirates' attacks rely on Lorch. But at the end of the day nobody is bigger than Pirates. So I think they should be open with him because you can't keep somebody who is not happy at the club.

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"If he still wants to stay, he should be disciplined and he must take his punishment like a man. Sometimes you know players they resort to other things to drive their point.

"You find a person just because he wants to leave now he starts doing some funny stuff. I'm not saying that's what the two players are doing... but you'll find a player breaking the rules and they end up being released.

"I mean we are in a civilised stage where you can solve whatever problem you might have with somebody, and if it can't be fixed then you go your separate ways.

"You will be forgiven to think they did whatever they did on purpose because I have never heard a case about Lorch ever since he started playing. So you never know, maybe he's also provoking the situation saying, 'Release me, I told you I want to leave.'

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"If ever he wants to leave he should have used the right channels to handle it. What they need to know is that they are both professionals, whatever they do they've got the mandate to serve their contracts because you cannot throw your toys out of the cot just because you want to leave.

"Even where you going they will know what kind of person you are. Deal with things accordingly. If ever you've got a contract, then serve your contract in the right way."

Shonga is still facing the music for his actions at Pirates and remains suspended.

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