Lekoelea backs Lorch for top PSL award

Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Steve Lekoelea believes Thembinkosi Lorch is a strong candidate for the PSL Player of the Season.

Lekoelea believes that Lorch would be a worthy winner of the accolade simply because of the number of man-of-the-match awards he has won this season.

“I think the (Pirates players) boys deserve something at the end of the season, they have done very well and I am sure they will walk away with many individual awards,” Lekoelea told Goal.

“For example, Lorch has collected so many man-of-the-match awards and he must get something even if Pirates fail to win the league,” said ‘Chippa’.

The former Bafana Bafana midfielder said Lorch was a rolemodel to players at smaller clubs who are looking to play for the top teams in the league.

“I think he has set a great example to all the other players coming from the small teams that you must not relax, keep playing very hard,” continued Lekoelea.

“He came from Chippa United and didn’t say 'I have made it by joining Pirates', but he kept working hard because he wants to play regularly for Bafana and possibly go to Europe – he is a great example to all the players who want to play for big clubs,” he concluded.

Lorch has scored six goals and made four assists this season and has put himself in contention for Bafana Bafana's squad for the 2019 African Cup of Nations.