Lorch speaks on his decision to join Mamelodi Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns stunned the South African football community when they announced the signing of former Orlando Pirates playmaker Thembinkosi “Nyoso” Lorch. The announcement of the signing happened in the dying hours of deadline day (26 January) with his Pirates contract set to expire at the end of the 2023/24 season.

Speaking to the Mamelodi Sundowns Magazine, Lorch expressed his excitement for joining Masandawana and added that it was not an easy decision to leave Pirates as he had spent the majority of his professional career there. “Leaving was tough, given the time I spent wearing the Pirates jersey and the love I received from the fans. However, I believe that making this move is a crucial step in my career at this time.”

Lorch shared the reaction that his family had after hearing the news of him switching to the Pretoria-based outfits, adding that he received mixed reactions but is forever grateful for the support that he has been getting from them. He said “Whatever makes me happy, they always support me. Of course, some family members didn’t see the move coming, but that is football. Change is part of the game and I appreciate the support from those closest to me.”

The 2018-2019 PSL Player of the Season also sent out a message for Masandawana supporters vowing to give it his all towards adding to the club’s success and thanking them for the unwavering support and loyalty that they have been giving to the club.

“I promise them that they are going to enjoy my football. I will do my best for us to win more and add to what the team has already achieved this season and the previous ones. Your support means everything, and I am committed to giving my all for the team and our loyal Sandawana supporters.”

The 30-year-old midfielder will strengthen Coach Rulani Mokwena’s already star-studded squad in their pursuit of the seventh consecutive league title as well as in the CAF Champions League. He will link up with his Bafana Bafana teammates Themba Zwane, Teboho Mokoena, Ronwen Williams and Khuliso Muadu to name a few.