Orlando Pirates returned to DStv Premiership action this evening when they welcomed Maritzburg United to the Orlando Stadium.
The Buccaneers were looking to put last weekend’s CAF Confederation Cup heartbreak behind them and they’ve began in scintillating fashion.
Thembinkosi Lorch grabbed his first League goal of the season when he opened the scoring in the 21st minute.
Lorch then turned provider in the 42nd minute when his scores was finished off by Kwame Peprah to hand Orlando Pirates a 2-0 lead heading into the Half-time break.
Orlando Pirates star Thembinkosi Lorch scores first League goal!
Maritzburg United have secured their top flight status already meaning tonight’s clash is no more than ticking a box for Ernst Middendorp’s side.
The Buccaneers on the other hand will need nothing less than three points should they wish to play in the CAF Champions League next season.
We disappointed millions – Ncikazi
“We should not have lost this game and won it in normal time. This game is a story of our season,” Orlando Pirates coach Mandla Ncikazi said over the weekend.
“We dominated the game and created chances but could just not put the ball in the back of the net.
“The players fought very hard. It is what it is. Football can be difficult sometimes. If you don’t put the ball in the back of the net, you can lose.
“Honestly, Orlando Pirates disappointed our fans at home. We disappointed millions of South Africans and the Nigerian support that we had.
“We disappointed Malawians and people all over the world. It was a game for us to win. We wanted to dominate chances, and we created them but did not take them.
“We wanted to play with the ball, which we did. The opponents did not create more than three chances.”