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Orlando Pirates Fans during DStv Premiership 2022/23 match between Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows on the 14 January 2022 at Orlando Stadium Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Orlando Pirates fans troll Lorch after Sundowns debut

Orlando Pirates fans have commented on former star man Thembinkosi Lorch’s debut for rivals Mamelodi Sundowns!

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Orlando Pirates Fans during DStv Premiership 2022/23 match between Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows on the 14 January 2022 at Orlando Stadium Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Thembinkosi Lorch made his official Mamelodi Sundowns debut against Orlando Pirates on Saturday night at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

Lorch was named in Rhulani Mokwena’s starting XI and played a total of 62 minutes for his new side.

The former Pirates man was unable to effectively influence the game for his new side, in a truly scrappy opening hour of play it must be said.

The Brazilians opened the scoring in the 76th minute through a well taken Marcelo Allende goal from the edge of the box.

Two minutes later, Tapelo Xoki was fouled in the box by Abdolmonem Boutouil. Xoki stepped up to the spot and slotted his penalty home to level matters.

And that’s how it ended at Loftus with both sides walking away with a solitary point apiece. Take a look at what Mokwena had to say regarding the match below.

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Orlando Pirates fans troll former star Lorch

Buccaneers fans took to social media to react to Lorch’s debut for new club Mamelodi Sundowns. Take a look at some of their hilarious comments below on X.

Starting lineups

Orlando Pirates XI: Chaine, Maela, Xoki, Ndah, Monyane, Timm, Makhaula, Hotto, Maswanganyi, Saleng, Makgopa.

Subs: Buthelezi, Sibisi, Lebitso, Mbatha, Ndlondlo, Kimvuidi, Pule, Mofokeng, Marou

Mamelodi Sundowns XI: Williams, Morena, Boutouil, Lunga, Lebusa, Aubaas, Mkhulise, Allende, Lorch, Ribeiro, Shalulile.

Subs: D. Onyango, B. Onyango, Mdunyelwa, Maboe, Mbule, Mendieta, Esquivel, Nku, Sirino.

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Mothibi on potential Lorch booing!

“I am not able to say who mustn’t boo who and I do not have control over that. Lorch has been a fan favourite at Pirates and if the supporters feel that booing him to unsettle him is something that will work for the team against Sundowns, I won’t blame them.” Orlando Pirates legend James Mothibi told SoccerLaduma.

“But I am not condoning the booing of players especially if it’s done in an appropriate manner. My understanding is that in football you can unsettle the opposition in an appropriate way if you feel that will help your team to win the match.”

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