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Nomvethe tips Lorch for top PSL gong

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Lorch will be up against Hlompo Kekana and Themba Zwane for the Footballer of the Season gong.

Two-time former Footballer of the Season, Siyabonga “Bhele” Nomvethe, is tipping Thembinkosi Lorch to walk away with the same award on Sunday at the International Convention Centre on Sunday at 7pm.

Lorch will be up against Hlompo Kekana and Themba Zwane for the Footballer of the Season gong.

The nominees for the Premier Soccer League awards were announced yesterday at the ICC.

Nomvethe, who captured the award during his spell with Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows, is tipping Lorch to beat the duo.

“Lorch deserves to win the award. He has been consistent, and he was playing week in and week out. He has been scoring important goals for Pirates and he loves going forward. He is very offensive, and I like those kind of players,” Nomvethe said.

The Bucanneers finished second on the log behind the champions, Mamelodi Sundowns and Lorch was colossal for the Sea Robbers with his vigilant displays. He started 26 games, netted nine strikes and contributed seven assists in the league. He was a pillar of strength for Pirates.

He is a facing strong competition from Zwane and Kekana. They were key to Sundowns’ success.

“Kekana and Zwane have also enjoyed a good season. They have also been consistent, but Lorch was above the two for me and he should walk away with the Footballer of the Season award. My money is on him,” Nomvethe added.

The trio of Zwane, Kekana and Lorch will also compete for the Midfielder- and the Player’s Player of the Season awards.

“The fact that they have appeared in three categories shows that they have done well. It would be difficult to pick a winner, but there has to be one,” Nomvethe said.