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Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro. Image: @FARPost / Twitter

Where are Erasmus and Lorch? Pirates coach responds

Kermit Erasmus was missing from Orlando Pirates last weekend, while Thembinkosi Lorch has been out for longer. What’s the story?

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Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro. Image: @FARPost / Twitter

Millions of Orlando Pirates fans were shocked to find Kermit Erasmus missing from the match sheet last weekend, thanks to the club’s lack of communication before the 0-0 draw with Richards Bay on Saturday night.

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Following Erasmus’ exciting debut against his former club Mamelodi Sundowns a fortnight ago, the Ghosts’ fanbase was expecting a start against Richards Bay or the least, a bench appearance.

However, the 32-year-old from Gqeberha was not enough on the matchday squad while Pirates’ media did not utter a word about his dramatic absence.

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Coach Jose Riveiro has since been asked to reveal the story behind the absence, including the reason for Siyabonga Mpontshane’s replacement of Richard Ofori in goal.

“No, well Richard is suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards and Erasmus had a very small problem in the Sekhukhune game against Polokwane so he was not available, that’s the reason why they were not on the list,” Riveiro said as quoted by iDiskiTimes.

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The Spanish coach also took the moment to offer an update on the club’s injured superstar Thembinkosi Lorch, whose mysterious injury is yet to be given a name.

“Well he hasn’t been available for the last one and half months after the SuperSport game and I hope he’s going to make it soon, we spoke about what happened in that game already,” Riveiro added before concluding with an update on the last winter’s new striker signing Evidence Makgopa who got injured during pre-season.

Riveiro has offered another vague update on Lorch. Image: @iDiskiTimes / Twitter

“Evidence is now training with the group for the last week, so he’s close, getting rhythm [and] training with the group,” the Pirates boss said.

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