Thembinkosi Sekgaphane
Phakaaathi Digital Administrator
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21 Oct 2020
1:25 pm

Zinnbauer explains Lorch’s absence in MTN clash

Thembinkosi Sekgaphane

Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer says midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch will be considered in the club’s next match.

Thembinkosi Lorch of Orlando Pirates disappointed with missing a penalty against Golden Arrows. Picture: Lee Warren/Gallo Images.

This comes after Lorch was benched when Pirates pipped Cape Town city in the opening round of the MTN 8.

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Zinnbauer sang the midfielder’s praises, stating he is a quality player, but the technical team decided against fielding him in the match that saw Pirates book a semifinal spot with a 1-0 victory courtesy of Terrence Dzvukamanja’s debut goal.

The German coach says no player is guaranteed game time regardless of their status in the team or what they have contributed in the past.

Zinnbauer believes all his players including new recruits have a chance to break in to the starting line-up.

Lorch has been linked with a move away from Pirates this seaso,  having attracted interest from overseas.

The Bafana Bafana international was vocal about missing out on joining a team in France after winning the Footballer of the Season and the Players’ Player of the Season gong at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Lorch has had disciplinary issues with reports stating he left the bio bubble,  breaking club rules when the 2019/20 season resumed after it was initially suspended to curb the spread of coronavirus.

“Lorch is a player you know who has quality but we made another decision [not to play him] and maybe next game, maybe he’s on the bench, maybe he’s in [the starting line-up],” Zinnbauer told the media.

“We have top quality in this squad and all players have to work and this season we have [more options], we can improve with having two players in each position.

“We’ve improved this with all the new players which means the old players have to work and the new players [to get into the team].”

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