Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch has revealed that not moving abroad after his terrific performances last season really hurt him emotionally.
The reigning PSL Player of the Year recently spoke to Kickoff Magazine and revealed that he believes that he has done everything that is there to do in local football.
“I think I’ve done my thing in Mzansi. I’ve won the player of the season, I went to AFCON in Egypt and even there I played well,” said Lorch on Kickoff.
He also went on to mention his compatriots that managed to move abroad after impressive performances in the PSL.
“I’m still hurt for not going overseas. The likes of Percy Tau left [the country] after becoming player of the season, a lot of players left… So I expected the same thing to happen to me,” continued Lorch.
The Orlando Pirates playmaker still believes he can get his dream move and has not yet given up on his dream to play abroad.
“It’s my dream to play overseas, but I still believe my dream will come true. It’s God who knows. I must just not give up. So I wish a right offer comes.”
Lorch also went on to admit that he held talks with Orlando Pirates regarding a move abroad.
“Jah I did that, I talked to them. So they suggested we wait for a right offer. So I don’t know what kind of an offer is a right offer, but it did affect me big-time.”
“For now it still hurts you see, especially when I see the likes of Marshall Munetsi playing overseas [for Reims] it really pains me.”
Lorch had an excellent 2018/19 season. He was crowned the player of the season and helped Orlando Pirates reach the finals of the Telkom knockout final.
On the international stage he continued to impress, scoring the goal that eliminated hosts Egypt at the AFCON. Unfortunately he has been far off his best form this season.
Having registered 24 goals and 15 assists in 96 games for Pirates across all competitions, the reigning player of the season believes he’s done enough to earn a move overseas.