Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Rulani Mokwena
insists Thembinkosi Lorch remains the best footballer in the country
despite his recent disciplinary problems.
The 26-year-old midfielder was awarded Absa Premiership Footballer of the Season
last term but has so far struggled to live up to the expectations this
Lorch was sent off in the 3-2 win over Polokwane City on Tuesday for
retaliating against Puleng Tlolane, who was also given his marching
orders at Orlando Stadium.
The red card wasn't the first time this season that Lorch has been on
the wrong side of things as he was also caught stamping on Khama
Billiat in the Telkom Knockout, but Mokwena supports the player
"Unfortunately, we forget that he's still reigning [PSL] Footballer
of the Season. He is the Footballer of the Season," said Mokwena, as
quoted by Kickoff.
"And sometimes, I think we put undue pressure because of social media
- some of the things that he reads also; the expectations are based
more on that, but I always tell him, he's still the best player in the
"Who has the Footballer of the Season award at home? It's Thembinkosi Lorch. So, he's got nothing to prove to anybody."
On the red card against Polokwane, Mokwena added: "With a little bit
more emotional intelligence, he could have avoided the situation, but
it's a completely different one to the Chiefs one, so we can't be too
critical of 'Nyoso'."
- TeamTalk Media