Augusto Palacios backs striker Lyle Foster ahead of possible Orlando Pirates debut against Ajax Cape Town
Posted: 12 September 2017 Time: 14:00
Augusto Palacios expects big things of Orlando Pirates striker Lyle Foster, who could make his Bucs debut tonight against Ajax Cape Town in Soweto.
While 'Micho' is wary of rushing Foster into the spotlight, the departure of Tendai Ndoro to Saudi outfit Al Faisaly in August has put much pressure on targetman Thamsanqa Gabuza.
Pirates development coach Palacios, who has worked with Foster since he was 12, has faith the teenager can meet expectations at Mayfair and better the efforts of ex-Buccaneers Lebohang Mokoena and Gift Leremi.
"He has the height, he has the talent and he is a hard working boy," says Palacios.
"He comes from a proper family background and his parents were always there to support him.
"'Cheeseboy' [Mokoena] got promoted at the age of 17, the same with Leremi, Thabang Stemmer and [Phumudzo] Manenzhe. I have no doubt he will achieve more success at Pirates because he has great potential."
Meanwhile, Foster's family are naturally excited by his progress as they prepare to invade Orlando Stadium.
"We are super excited. I have always prayed for this," says his mother Tryan in the presence of his father Lance.
"He has put a lot of hard work into his career and this is no surprise. I remember when we bought him soccer boots for the first time as a four-year-old he threw himself on the ground with excitement. He has always been passionate about soccer.
"He grew up a very disciplined child and was always reserved. He has never been on the street. It was only PlayStation and going to training for practice.
"It's been a long journey and we hope all the hard work he has put into his game will be translated when he walks onto the soccer field."