Thembinkosi Lorch is a professional footballer and athlete from South Africa. He plays as a forward for Orlando Pirates and the South African National Team.

In 2019, Lorch was named the South African Player of the Season and the players’ Player of the Season.


With the nickname “Nyoso”, Thembinkosi Lorch kicked off his career at Maluti FET College FC. After playing in a game against Jomo Cosmos, he received a call from Screamer Tshabalala, who told him of the Pirates interest in him.

As a result, he signed with the Orlando Pirates in 2015 and has since played for them and sometimes on loan for various other clubs.

Lorch played his first PSL game against Free State Stars, on loan to Chippa United from Orlando Pirates. He is known for his excellent striking skills.

In 2019, Amapiano duo Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa (popularly known as Scorpion Kings) released a song inspired by the professional footballer, “Lorch”.


Thembinkosi Lorch was born in Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa, on July 22, 1993. He celebrated his 29th birthday last year.


There are rumours that he once dated Joy Kavekotora, also known as Toxic Joy, but they turned out to be false.

Years back, Thembinkosi Lorch dated Nokuphiwa Mathithibala, who news broke that he had issues with. On September 7 2020, in the early morning, Lorch was arrested by the police for assaulting Nokuphiwa.

According to reports, she had opened a case against him at Midrand Police station, claiming that Lorch had strangled her after asking about his whereabouts.

The assault case was provisionally withdrawn in January 2021, with the prosecutor instructing police to investigate the matter further.

In June 2021, news broke that Thembinkosi Lorch was in a new relationship with actress Natasha Thahane. The couple has been together ever since.


Lorch also held the title of Highest-Paid Player at the Orlando Pirates. Now, he ranks within the Top 5 earning an estimated R110 000 monthly. He is estimated to be worth around R15 million.

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