GLORY HUNTER: Thembinkosi Lorch. Photo: AUBREY KGAKATSII/BACKPAGEPIX

Thembinkosi Lorch says he and his Orlando Pirates are desperate to end their four-year wait for silverware by lifting the Telkom Knockout trophy on Saturday.

The Buccaneers face Baroka FC at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in a 6 pm showdown.

And after last tasting success in a competitive final in 2014 Nedbank Cup final, the Soweto giants want the silverware with a seer hart.

Former Cape Town All Stars forward Lorch says: “A lot of us will be playing in our first final for the club. Like our opponents who want to win their club’s first title, a lot of us at Pirates also harbour ambitions to make a mark at this club.

“We want to be a generation that contributed to this clubs’ illustrious career. It’s been four years since the club and fans have tasted cup success; we want to give it our all this weekend to end the year on a high.”

Coach Micho and his manne only have two days to prepare for the match having flown to Seychelles to secure a place in the Caf Champions League first round this Wednesday.

And Lorch knows that Bucs will be up against it when they face Baroka, who beat PSL big boys Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns en route to the final.

Of their giant-killing opposition, the 25-year-old warns: “Baroka are not in the final by mistake.

“They deserve respect and that’s what we will give them if we are to achieve our dream of lifting the Telkom Knockout Cup on Saturday.

“We know they have ambitions to lift the first title in the club’s history.

“When you look at the teams that they defeated along the way; you can see that this is a team that has earned its place in the final and this is a team that deserves our respect.”

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