Absa Premiership

Mbele downplays Lorch speculation

2020-01-07 11:10
Thembinkosi Lorch
Thembinkosi Lorch (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates administrative official Floyd Mbele says there is no truth to reports linking Thembinkosi Lorch with a European move.

Lorch has been linked with both Club Brugge in Belgium and Turkish giants Besiktas and speculation of a possible exit intensified when the 26-year-old was a notable absentee from the Pirates squad that drew 1-1 with Bloemfontein Celtic at Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium on Saturday.

But Mbele has moved quickly to say that the decision to exclude Lorch against Phunya Sele Sele was purely a tactical one.

"We don't know anything about those reports, we only see them in the newspapers," Mbele told KickOff, referring to reports of a move to Brugge or Besiktas.

"There was nothing wrong with his absence on Saturday. It was only a technical decision."

The Sea Robbers will be looking to return to winning ways when they face Polokwane City at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night.

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