Orlando Pirates legend Benedict ‘Tso’ Vilakazi has had some interesting comments on Thembinkosi Lorch, which could come as a surprise.
Lorch has been a key player for Pirates and a rather popular figure on the South African football scene for a couple of season now.
Furthermore, Lorch earned himself a return to the national team yesterday, being selected into a Hugo Broos Bafana Bafana squad for the first time.
The Pirates playmaker has had a very troubled, stop-start season, which was marred by mystery injuries in the early stages of the campaign.
He, however, has come back strong in the last couple of months, playing a pivotal role in the Buccaneers’ runs both in the league as well as their route to the CAF Confederations Cup.
It is not hard to see how Lorch may have been able to gain favour with Broos, having been in the thick of things for Pirates of late.
In his last two games for the Sea Robbers, the skilful star has provided two goals and laid down three assists.
Even though that form was deemed good enough for the Bafana Bafana set up again, but not everybody seems to be impressed by him, with club legend Vilakazi not mincing his words on his opinion on the player.
“Our football never seems to amaze me, last week they were booing him today he performs well against Maritzburg, and now they are saying he is a star, we are a confused nation, He might be a star, but not for me, the boy was coming alright, I don’t know what happened, and then he started to be someone else.
We know Lorch as a right-winger, but nowadays he collects the ball from the back, he is all over the field,” said Vilakazi to Kick Off.
“I’m also confused about which position he is playing exactly, that’s one thing I’m worried about… when you play him, which position are you going to put him in? That’s why we don’t get the best out of him, it’s because no one can tell you which position he is playing.
It’s funny when you hear coaches talking about modern football, but the same modern football is played according to departments, But when I see the player being all over the place I become worried, I don’t know whether the player is ignoring the coaches’ instructions, or is it the coaches who want him to play like that?” Vilakazi continued on Lorch.
Vilakazi then stated that he isn’t impressed with Lorch, who he feels has dropped his standards.
“This is still not the Lorch I expected, instead of his game growing it went down. Where is the old Lorch who would take a man on, play a cross… I’m not happy, we need a Lorch that can benefit Pirates and the national team, I feel like we’ve lost a player here,” Vilakazi concluded.