One of the oldest rivalries in Africa, if not the world, is the one between Orlando Pirates Football Club and Kaizer Chiefs Football Club. The two clubs have played against each other for more than 30 years. With modern players possessing the mindset of players from the hot years, they will do anything to avoid losing to their arch-rivals, as evidenced by the ferocity and intensity of this matchup, which dates back to the days of Jomo Sono and Marks Maponyane.
Thembinkosi Lorch, a 28-year-old attacking midfielder with the Pirates, has had a hand in the outcome of the last few derbies he has played in.
He harassed the Chiefs' defense in the 2019 Carling Cup clash at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, where he also assisted and scored in a 2-1 Buccaneers triumph.
Even when they're not competing against each other on the field, players from both the Chiefs and the Pirates have been seen having fun together off it. In fact, some of them are currently teammates in the Dstv Compact Cup in Durban.
Lorch was spotted with Chiefs youngster Mduduzi Shabalala, who is a fan of Lorch. Shabalala shared a photo of the two together in Warriors gear on his Instagram story @mduduzishabalala12.
Young people may learn from and connect with the finest players in the Dstv Premiership through the Dstv Compact Cup, and they also get to share the spotlight with some of their idols.
Coastal Football Club will face Shabalala and Lorch in the finals of the championship at Moses Mabhida stadium next week.
Photo credit: Instagram @thembinkosi_lorch_3
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