Thembinkosi Lorch welcomes Orlando Pirates responsibility

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Orlando Pirates midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch says he is happy to take responsibility and lead the team sometimes but insists he is not playing for his Bafana Bafana spot.

Lorch has been one of Pirates most consistent players this season, having scored 12 goals across all competitions and picked up several man of the match accolades thus far.

The 25-year-old was most recently on target in The Buccaneers 2-0 victory over Black Leopards upon his return from suspension, playing a pivotal role in leading the team towards a healthy lead at the top of the Absa Premiership standings.

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Though he did not score on the weekend against Free State Stars, his importance was again realised after he was substituted off in the 60th minute and his side almost let slip a two-goal lead at the death.

But Lorch has welcomed the responsibility he has carried upon his shoulders to try and be the source of inspiration both in his performance as well as his goal contribution.

“When the team is not doing well, it motivates me to encourage and push the rest of the team and work hard so that we all play well,” said Lorch.

With Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter soon expected to name his squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, which will take place in Egypt in June, he insists he is not trying to outshine anyone for a ticket to Cairo.

“First, I have to do well for my team, and my chance will come in the national team. When it comes, I’ll make sure I grab it with both hands. But for now, I just have to focus on my team,” he added.

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