Orlando Pirates attacking midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch was the big winner at the PSL awards held in Durban on Saturday, as he walked away with two prestigious awards.
The 25-year-old had a breakthrough season with the Buccaneers, earning four nominations – Telkom Knockout Player of the Season, Midfielder of the Season as well as the coveted Players’ Player of the Season and Footballer of the Season.
Having lost out on the first two – to Baroka’s Elvis Chipezeze and Mamelodi Sundowns’ captain Hlompho Kekana respectively – “Nyoso” finally walked walked up to the podium towards the end of the ceremony.
He was voted by his peers as the Players’ Player of the Season, and later by the league’s 16 coaches as the Footballer of the Season.
Lorch’s outstanding campaign saw him help Pirates to a second-place finish in the league as well as a spot in the Telkom Knockout final, where they were stunned by Baroka on penalties after he had scored both goals in a 2-2 draw at regulations time.
He finished with 15 goals in 40 appearances across competitions, and his nine PSL goals made him Pirates leading goal scorer in the league.
Other big winners on the night include his teammate Vincent Pule, who’s long-range missile against Polokwane City on theth last day of the season was named Goal of the Season, while Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane walked away with the Coach of the Season award.
Zakhele Lepasa, whose goal against Kaizer Chiefs helped TS Galaxy to the Nedbank Cup title, was named as the tournament’s best player, with Peter Leeuwenburgh snatching the big prize for his performances in the MTN 8.