Ex-Bucs star lands Portugal move

SA Players Abroad

Former Orlando Pirates striker Lyle Foster has completed a move to Portugal, where he has signed with Primeira Liga side Vitoria Guimaraes.

On Thursday afternoon, Vitoria announced that South Africa striker Foster had signed a five-year deal with the club after completing a permanent transfer from Ligue 1 club AS Monaco. 

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The Portuguese outfit revealed that they had paid a sum of €1.2 million (R24.7 million) to acquire Foster's services, with that figure potentially rising to €1.5 million (R30.9 million) upon certain additional clauses being met. 

"Vitoria Sport Clube, Futebol SAD announces that it has reached an agreement with AS Monaco for the transfer of Lyle Foster, who signs a contract valid for the next five sports seasons," the club announced on their official website.

"Vitoria SC holds 95% of the economic rights of the South African striker for the value of €1 200 000, with goals that can reach up to €300 000."

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Foster, who started his professional career with Orlando Pirates before joining Monaco last year, spent the second half of the 2019/20 campaign on loan with Cercle Brugge, where he made 19 appearances across all competitions. 

The 19-year-old becomes the third South African player to represent Vitoria in recent years, following in the footsteps of Bafana Bafana teammate Bongani Zungu, Haashim Domingo and Thibang Phethe.

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