Latest News Round-Up: Lorch Back In Business For Orlando Pirates

Thembinkosi Lorch

Thembinkosi Lorch made a perfect return for Orlando Pirates, as he inspired an improved second half performance that saw Amabhakaniya overcome a stubborn All Stars side.

Not only did he change the complexion of the game, but he capped his perfect return with a goal to match the occasion.

Even All Stars coach, Sinethemba Badela was impressed with the returning Orlando Pirates star.

“A Lorch that’s on the pitch is good for South African football and you can see the quality, the movement in between the lines, how he turns, provokes the defenders to come at him.” – All Stars coach Sinethemba Badela.

Bucs’ other goal was scored by MOTM Monnapule Saleng.

Orlando Pirates will be hoping to add the Nedbank Cup trophy to their cabinet after making it to the last 16.

In other Nedbank Cup matches, Arrows survived a Pretoria Callies scare with a come from behind 2-1 victory after extra time to advance to the last sixteen.

A loss would have been a disaster for their under pressure coaches, Vilakazi and Khanyeza.

In Cape Town, Stellenbosch FC put Swallows to the sword with an Iqraam Rayners inspired 3-0 victory.

Rayners, who was playing in his second game after his return from Supersport United, scored a brace for the rejuvenated Stellies side to send them into the last 16.

Venda Football Academy also made it into the last 16 with a 2-1 win over Blackross, while Mpheni Home Defenders made light work of Clarewood, by hammering them 3-0.

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Mamelodi Sundowns make a perfect group stage start.

A solitary goal from the evergreen Cassius Mailula was all Mamelodi Sundowns needed to walk away with all the three points against Al Hilal Omdurman at Loftus Versfeld.

Despite a not so convincing performance, Downs did just enough to avoid a bad start, their next opponent will be Coton Sport from Cameroon before they face Al Ahly SC in a highly anticipated encounter in two weeks time.

Real Madrid win the FCWC.

Real Madrid won their fifth Fifa Club World Cup title after overcoming a determined Al Hilal side 5-3.

Vinicius Junior scored a brace for Madrid, with Valverde and Benzema grabbing a goal each.

For Al Hilal, it was Vietto who grabbed his own brace, with Marega scoring the other goal.

In the third and fourth place play off, Flamingo from Brazil beat Al Ahly 4-2 to take the third spot.

Thembinkosi Lorch in action during a DStv Premiership game
Thembinkosi Lorch announced his return from injury with a goal for Orlando Pirates against All Stars last night Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix