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Tso – Why It Took Longer For Lorch To Settle At Downs

Former Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates midfielder Benedict ‘Tso’ Vilakazi has hailed Thembinkosi Lorch’s impact in their victory over Stellenbosch FC, and explained why it took longer for him to settle.

Lorch came on as a half-time substitute for Tashreeq Matthews and netted the winner, as the Brazilians booked a final meeting with his former side with a 2-1 score-line.

Vilakazi liked what he saw from Nyoso, saying how he played is exactly what he should be doing regularly instead of always just dribbling.

Vilakazi adds that he can see coach Rulani Mokwena’s efforts to change the system the player was used to at his former side are bearing fruit.

“This is what we want for you to get into those areas and score goals,” said Tso on iDiski TV.

“We don’t want to see you dribble for fun because that’s what he did twice and where he was supposed to pass to Ribeiro but decided to take a shot which got deflected.

“A good pass from Shalulile and then his header, what else can you ask from him.

“Yes, when he arrived at Sundowns everyone expected him to do well but let’s remember he comes from a team that plays transition.

“So his whole system still believes in transition, that’s why Rulani is giving him more time so that that transition that’s in his system can wear off and he can be a ball player.

“And he is a natural ball player but because of how he was playing at Pirates they are now changing him slowly and I think he is coming alright and gelling with the players.”

You can watch Vilakazi’s full analysis of the Nedbank Cup semi-final between Stellenbosch and Mamelodi Sundowns on IDiski TV official YouTube channel.

Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago is currently working as a web and newspaper writer for iDiski Times. This award-winning sports journalist covers the Limpopo area and also specialises in coverage of women's football, including Banayana Banyana.