Mixed feelings over possible Lorch exit

Orlando Pirates midfielder Vincent Pule has commented on the possibility of losing teammate Thembinkosi Lorch to an overseas team.

Lorch was a pivotal figure in the Pirates setup last season as he went on to bag the PSL Footballer of the Season and Player’s Player of the Season awards.

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He then went on to star for Bafana Bafana in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Last 16 victory over host nation Egypt, scoring the solitary goal to send Mohamed Salah and co. packing from the tournament.

There have since been vague reports suggesting that French side Toulouse are interesting in luring the 26-yearold winger to Ligue 1.

On possibly losing his teammate, Pule expressed mixed feelings over whether the move would be good or not.

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“For me, personally, I think if we lose him – like we lost Khuzwayo to retirement – we would have lost not just a player but a brother. But, for him personally, it will be something great for him to go overseas,” commented the former Bidvest Wits winger.

Pule, much like Lorch, also started brightly last season before falling behind with his individual contribution, and he has since admitted he will need help carry the load regardless of what happens in the transfer market.

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“As a team, we have to start playing for the team and playing like a team. Individually these things happen that you’re going to outclass some others,” said Pule.

“I think he’s done fantastically well; he was unbelievable last season – pressing, scoring goals and assisting – he was just unbelievable.

“Even we were doing that, but we were not doing enough. I think this season we have to do better to help him and to carry the team.”

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