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Bucs Legend: Talent Must Translate To Performance

Former Orlando Pirates legend Joseph Ngake has said that Lyle Foster’s goalscoring in national team colours must translate for his club.

The 17-year-old striker was once again on target for Thabo Senong’s Amajita side against Zambia last weekend as the U-20 side prepares for their first leg U-20 AFCON qualifier against Mozambique.

“He is showing his quality and talent at (the) U-20 level and that’s good for the national team. But it’s at club level where he needs to start showing the same sort of form,” said the former Bucs winger.

“Of course the argument is that playing at U-20 level is easier than playing at club level and that’s true. That’s why Lyle would need to raise his game if he is to show the same goalscoring ability. 

“He still has time on his side because he is only 17, but he must use this time effectively. We have seen so many players do well as the junior national teams, but they get lost along the way and they are unable to carry on have successful careers at the senior national team,” added Ngake. 

“I would love to see Foster being one of those players who go on to become one of the main players at Bafana. But to do that he must do well (at club level). He has the talent but it must translate to performances,” he concluded.  

The 17-year-old striker is currently on camp with Amajita as they prepare for the first leg against Malawi that will be played on Sunday at the Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg. The match will start at 15:30. 


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