Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
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20 May 2019
3:57 pm

Lorch happy for ‘underrated’ Malesela

Sibongiseni Gumbi

The Premier Soccer League’s best player of the 2018/19 season, Thembinkosi Lorch said he was happy that is former coach, Dan “Dance” Malesela finally broke his trophy duck.

Thembinkosi Lorch during the Premier Soccer League Awards at Durban International Convention Centre. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)

Malesela made history when he successfully guided National First Division minnows, TS Galaxy to a Nedbank Cup victory, beating the country most decorated club Kaizer Chiefs in the final at Moses Mabhida in Durban on Saturday night.

“To be honest I am really happy for him. He is one of the best coaches in the country. It is just that people don’t give him the credit he deserves,” said Lorch.

READ: Lorch the big winner at PSL awards

The 25-year-old added that he was also happy for his former teammates who are now with the Rockets.

“Even the players there, like Sizwe Mdlinzo and Ludwe Mpakumpaku who I played at Cape Town All Stars… I am happy for them,” he said.

Lorch – who was named Footballer and Players’ Player of the Season – admitted that Pirates failure to win silverware last season remained a big blot which overshadows his personal achievements.

“It was disappointing that we didn’t get anything as a team. But I believe we had a good season and were just unfortunate not to lift a trophy because you get judged on what you bring to the table. But we had a good one and just unfortunate that we have nothing to show for it. We lost on penalties in the MTN8, Telkom Knockout and Nedbank Cup.”

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