Lorch opens up on Pirates hurt


Orlando Pirates star Thembinkosi Lorch says missing out on a move to Europe at the beginning of the season still hurts up to this day.

It has been widely reported that Lorch had plenty foreign suitors following his performances in the 2018/19 season that earned him the PSL Footballer of the Season award.

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However, the 26-year-old has since endured a largely underwhelming 2019/20 campaign, which has seen him manage just three goals and three assists in 21 matches thus far.

Having confirmed there was huge interest from Belgium, Turkey and France, he further admitted that a move could not materialise as these clubs failed to meet Pirates' demands, which is what ultimately affected his performances this season.

"After the AFCON last year, I thought it was my chance to go and play overseas and make my dream come true, but things didn't happen that way,” Lorch tells KickOff.com.

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“Offers were there but those people didn't offer Pirates the money they were expecting. But certainly offers were there.

“I was disappointed that I couldn't go overseas, because I could see players leaving Pirates for overseas – players like Lyle Foster and Marshall Munetsi.

“So it really hurt me to see the likes of Munetsi playing in France, and Lyle Foster too. Sometimes I ask myself what's wrong with me, what is preventing me from playing overseas?

“It's still my wish to play overseas because it's my dream, and also my parents’ dream to see me play overseas.”

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