Thembinkosi Lorch was Mzansi's hero after Bafana Bafana stunned AFCON hosts by beating Egypt 1-0 over the weekend. The PSL Footballer of the Year became a household name overnight, with many praising him.
He scored the team’s only goal at 85 minutes, his first in the competition, beating the favourites, Egypt 1-0. The striker netted the winning goal with only five minutes remaining.
Not a stranger to the back of the net, Lorch was crowned PSL Footballer of the Year in May. Mzansi social media users could not stop praising him, especially after many had called on coach Stuart Baxter to play the under-utilised striker. Baxter replaced Themba Zwane, who was suspended, with Lorch.
Briefly.co.za reported that the love showered on Lorch extended from the all sides of Mzansi, from celeb-ville to the normal household.
Media personality Maps Maponyane said:
"Woke up this morning thinking "THEMBINKOSI LORCH!!!" Good Morning South Africa!!"
While Twitter user LushiSA92 said:
"Thembinkosi Lorch is his name. The direct translation for 'Thembinkosi' is 'Trust in the Lord"
Social media user MlondiNgema said:
"Since #AFCON2019 began we as Bafana Bafana supporters we been asking and demanding for #ThembinkosiLorch because we believe in him. From Thembikosi Lorch experience in AFCON2019 we can learn that do not disappoint people who believe in you"
Bafana Bafana will now face Nigeria in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
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