Orlando Pirates striker Lyle Foster confident he can deliver if given a chance
Posted: 29 November 2017 Time: 16:00
Orlando Pirates striker Lyle Foster grew up understanding how much pressure there is at the club from as early as his days in the team’s development structures.
So even when the Buccaneers are going through a difficult period in topflight football, the 17-year-old is not fazed by the pressure. His time in the junior teams at Pirates prepared him for life on the big stage.
“The pressure at Pirates is always big, no matter which age group you are at. Pirates is a results-driven team, so if you are Under-12 you know that you need to win because Pirates is one of the biggest clubs in South Africa.
“Going into the first team is always the same mentality. Pirates has to win and Pirates is a big team, so I was happy that I was able to transfer that to the first team.”
Pirates coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic recently spoke of the scoring problem in the PSL, but Foster is not concerned about the missed chances. He takes positives from creating opportunities.
“The problem is not the finishing. If we were not creating chances I would be worried, but we are creating chances and we are getting into those places to score goals. For me the scoring will come eventually. We scored [against Bloemfontein Celtic] and we got the victory and I am happy about that.
“Hopefully if given a chance I can deliver. I bet on myself to deliver.”
Foster spoke of how he was spotted by Pirates at the age of 12 and his working relationship with renowned development coach Augusto Palacios.
“I grew up in Noordgesig. I played for a couple of teams there and that took me to a LFA team in Florida and then at the age of 12 I was at the Orlando Pirates development with Augusto Palacios.
“He guided me and I take him as a father because he has done wonders with me. He has done everything for me on and off the field. Me playing for the first team has always been a dream.”