Patrick Maswanganyi: Orlando Pirates Legend Lawrence Maake Tips Midfielder to Surpass Lorch’s Legacy

Patrick Maswanganyi: Orlando Pirates Legend Lawrence Maake Tips Midfielder to Surpass Lorch’s Legacy

Robert Abong'o
April 1, 2024 at 4:40 PM
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  • Lawrence Maake believes Patrick Maswanganyi can surpass Thembinkosi Lorch's legacy
  • 'Killer' praised the midfielder's performance in the most recent Soweto Derby encounter
  • South Africa coach Hugo Broos envisions the 25-year-old as a future Bafana Bafana star

Former Orlando Pirates star, Lawrence 'Killer' Maake, has expressed his belief that Patrick Maswanganyi has the potential to outshine Thembinkosi Lorch's achievements at the club.

With Lorch's recent departure to Mamelodi Sundowns, Maake sees Maswanganyi as the successor who could become the shining star for the Buccaneers.

Reflecting on the current state of affairs at the club, the legend acknowledged the team's fluctuating performance but noted promising signs of stability.

Orlando Pirates' Patrick Maswanganyi vies for the ball with Kaizer Chiefs' Pule Mmodi in a past match. Photo: Phill Magakoe.
Patrick Maswanganyi has been tipped to surpass Thembinskosi Lorch's legacy at Orlando Pirates. Photo: Phill Magakoe.
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He particularly praised Maswanganyi's recent display in the Soweto Derby, where the player demonstrated qualities that the former Pirates legend considers crucial for sustained success. Maake applauded his fearlessness on the field, his astute decision-making abilities, and his knack for creating scoring opportunities.

“He is not afraid to hold the ball and do whatever he wants to do, I like the fact that he knows when to make the right decision. Look at the goal he created for Monnapule Saleng. Two touches and it was on,” said Maake, as quoted by The South African.

Comparing his potential to Lorch's tenure at the club, Maake believes that external factors hindered Lorch from fully showcasing his capabilities. However, with proper support from management and teammates, he expressed confidence that the player could surpass Lorch's impact on the team.

He envisions Maswanganyi as a future asset for the national team, a sentiment echoed by South Africa coach, Hugo Broos.

As reported by SABC Sport, Broos has closely monitored the player's performances and sees him as a potential successor to veteran midfielder Themba Zwane.

Maswanganyi focused on winning trophies

Sports Brief reported that Maswanganyi relished the opportunity for early silverware with Pirates, having signed from Supersport United in July last year.

He may have a humble view of his efforts, but those around him have appreciated what he adds to the team.

Coach Jose Riveiro praised the Stars of Africa youth product for how he transitioned into the team's system.

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