Orlando Pirates star attacker Thembinkosi Lorch is hoping to fulfill his dream of plying his trade overseas after signing with one of the country’s top renowned soccer agents.
Lorch, 26, saw his dream of playing abroad crushed during the January transfer window after the Buccaneers reportedly turned down a hefty R30 million deal from an unknown European club.
The failed move seems to have affected the player mentally despite him capping off the 2018/19 campaign with the PSL Player of the Season accolade. This term, Lorch has only found the back of the net three times with three assists in 21 matches across all competitions, compared to the previous campaign where he had netted nine goals in over 20 appearances.
The reigning player of the season will now be hoping to get another shot of realizing his overseas dream after ditching Mickey Paiva in November to join forces with super agent Jazzman Mahlakgane’s already star-studded stable.
Mahlakgane has since revealed the reason behind him opting to work with Lorch.
“I’ve got a system that I use. I don’t just accept to work with any player. What was attractive for me to work with Lorch is that he is a well-behaved boy and is family-orientated,” Mahlakgane was quoted as saying by SowetanLIVE.
“Like with any player who is ambitious and wants to achieve greater things, I will make sure his dreams come true. He is an ambitious young man. The job of a player is to play football.
“It’s the manager’s job to look for opportunities and to motivate and advise, ” he added.
Mahlakgane already represents big-name players like retired former Pirates and Sundowns midfield maestro Teko Modise, Kaizer Chiefs legend Siphiwe Tshabalala, Sundowns attacker Themba Zwane, Pirates captain Happy Jele and former Bucs striker Ayanda Nkosi.