Pirates star Lorch wins big at PSL Awards

Orlando Pirates midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch was named South African Footballer of the Season on Sunday at an awards ceremony in Durban.

DURBAN - Orlando Pirates midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch was named the PSL Footballer of the Season on Sunday at an awards ceremony in Durban.

The 25-year-old international beat two midfielders from champions Mamelodi Sundowns, Hlompho Kekana and Themba Zwane, in a vote among the 16 top-flight league coaches.

Lorch, who also won the Players' Player of the Season award, was overcome by shyness after receiving the trophies, limiting his acceptance speech to one sentence.

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"Pirates' players deserve these awards I accept them on their behalf," said a star set to be part of the South Africa squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt next month.

Pirates finished runners-up in the league behind Sundowns for the second successive season, and were beaten finalists in the Telkom Knockout.

Dutch goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh was voted the best player in one of the three annual cup competitions, the MTN8, after helping Cape Town City win it.

Full list of winners:

Nedbank Cup Most Promising Player of the Tournament: Terrence Mashego - TS Galaxy

The Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament Award: Zakhele Lepasa - TS Galaxy

Multichoice Diski Shield Player of the Tournament: Siboniso Conco - Golden Arrows

NFD Top Goal Scorer of the Season: Iqraam Rayners - Stellenbosch FC

Goalkeeper of the Season: Ronwen Williams - Supersport United FC

Referee of the Season: Abongile Tom

Assistant Referee of the Season: Emmanuel De Sani

Midfielder of the Season: Hlompho Kekana - Mamelodi Sundowns

Defender of the Season: Ricardo Nascimento - Mamelodi Sundowns

Top goalscorer of the Season: Mwape Musonda - Black Leopards striker - 16 Goals

Young Player of the Season: Teboho Mokoena - Supersport United FC

Coach of the Season: Pitso Mosimane - Mamelodi Sundowns

Players' player of the Season: Thembinkosi Lorch - Orlando Pirates

Footballer of the Season: Thembinkosi Lorch - Orlando Pirates

Source
AFP