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Thembinkosi Lorch Scoops Two Monthly Club Awards

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Orlando Pirates attacker Thembinkosi Lorch has won two of the club’s monthly awards after an impressive display for the Soweto giants over the past few matches.

Lorch was voted as the recipient for Pirates’ December/January Player of the Month, as well as the Goal of the Month awards.

A statement on the club’s official website read:

“Coming off the back of a great November where Lorch proved to be a fans’ favourite, he stepped it up in the December/January phase of the competition by receiving the most votes across all Orlando Pirates official social media platforms.

“Amid stiff opposition from his teammates who put in noteworthy performances of their own, “Nyoso” cleaned up with the majority of votes across two key performance indicators. On the one hand, the Player of the Month prize demands consistency of performance, while on the other, it takes a single moment of sheer magic to influence the fan vote in walking away with the Goal of the Month. Following his feats since his November exploits, Lorch has maintained the same consistency in his game that has endeared him to the Bucs faithful,” confirmed the club.

It is the second time that the 25-year-old has claimed the awards.

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UEFA Champions League Draw: Man City vs Tottenham, Liverpool play Porto…

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The UEFA Champions League offered some mouthwatering quarter-final clashes following the draw at the UEFA Headquarters  in Nyon on Friday.

With a new champion set to be crowned in May after holders Real Madrid were dumped out in the last 16 by an inspiring young Ajax Amsterdam outfit, this now sets out a real chance for at least six teams who have already tasted success at this level to once again add this prestigious trophy to their cabinets.

Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have been pitted against each other in an all-English Champions League quarter-final.

Manchester United take on Spanish giants Barcelona, while Liverpool will square up against Portuguese champions Porto. Ajax and Juventus meet in the other tie.

United have been forced to play their first leg tie at Old Trafford because both they and City cannot play in Manchester on the same evening.

The winner of the City and Spurs tie will take on either Ajax or Juventus in the semi-final.

Winners from the United and Barca clash will then go on to face the team that progresses between Liverpool and Porto.

The first legs will be played on April 9 and 10, the second legs on April 16 and 17.

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Real Madrid Confirm Zinedine Zidane Reappointemnt After Sacking Santiago Solari

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Real Madrid have confirmed the appointment of former manager Zinedine Zidane following the sacking of Santiago Solari, with the French legend signing a contract until 2022.

Los Blancos decided to remove Solari as first-team coach following the club’s disastrous UEFA Champions League exit at the hands of Ajax Amsterdam last week.

Solari’s job came under serious threat following Real’s 4-1 loss at home to Ajax which was followed by back-to-back El Clasico defeats against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu as they crashed out of the Copa Del Rey and fell 12 points behind their fierce rivals in La Liga.

Zidane’s first game back at the club will be at the Santiago Bernabeu against Celta Vigo on Saturday.

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Stuart Baxter Announces Bafana Bafana Squad For Crunch Libya Clash

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Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter announced his 24-man squad for the crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tie against Libya on March 24.

South Africa are in second place behind group leaders Nigeria and need just a point to all but secure qualification for the continental showpiece set for Egypt later this year.

Goalkeepers:

Darren Keet, Ronwen Williams, Bruce Bvuma

Defenders:

Thulani Hlatshwayo, Innocent Maela, Sifiso Hlanti, Daniel Cardoso, Rivaldo Coetzee, Aubrey Modiba, Buhle Mkwanazi, Thamsanqa Mkhize

Midfielders:

Bongani Zungu, Hlompho Kekana, Themba Zwane, Tiyani Mabunda, Dean Furman, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Thulani Serero, Thembinkosi Lorch

Strikers:

Percy Tau, Lars Veldwijk, Lebogang Mothiba, Lebogang Maboe, Keagan Dolly

Baxter’s charges will leave for Tunisia on Saturday, 16 March, in order to acclimatise to the conditions before the crunch tie.

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