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Bucs Promote Talented Youngster, Handed Ex Captain's Jersey Number

Orlando Pirates Promote Youngster

By Soccer Laduma - Sep 07, 2017 12:59 PM

Orlando Pirates have promoted a talented youngster from the club’s development team.

The Soweto giants confirmed on the club’s official website that Lyle Foster has been promoted from the development programme to Milutin Sredojevic’s first team.

"With only three days following his 17th birthday, striker Lyle Foster has been promoted to the Orlando Pirates senior squad. Having impressed in the U17 Gauteng Future Champs, the U18 Engen Knockout Challenge, the U19 Bayhill Cup, and the U23 Project X UK Tour – where he was near the top, if not the premier marksman, on the goalscoring charts – the Bucs youngster has received the call that every player dreams of.

"Lyle has been playing in age groups well in advance of his years, having made appearances as a 16-year old in last season’s PSL Reserve League, the Multichoice Diski Challenge. That trend has since continued, more recently with the National U20 side in London, where his Man of the Match performance (including a goal and assist), contributed to Amajita beating England 2-1 in their final tour match." 

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“This is unreal. To be promoted to the senior team at such a young age is a big honour for me and my family. I’m looking forward to learning from the coaches and growing as a player in my new environment. I want to thank God because this wouldn’t have been possible without him, and I also thank my family and the Club for the guidance and support”, said Foster.

"Foster joins Yusuf Maart and Lehlohonolo Mtshali, two graduates from last season’s MDC team, who are also in the senior setup, and Foster acknowledges the role they play in motivating the entire youth roster, something he too hopes to accomplish through his promotion."

“We’ve played with Hloni and Yusuf before, so when they got promoted, it was pretty cool. It showed us that there is always a chance that someone else will follow. They opened the door for guys like me and hopefully, I can do the same for the others, you know.”

The Chairman of the Club, Dr Irvin Khoza, expressed his happiness for Lyle and made reference to other great players who donned the famous black jersey.

“Some of the best footballers in that the country has ever produced have donned this jersey. The likes of Chippa Chippa Moloi, Teboho’s father, he was one of the best. That’s why you see his picture on the walls. Together with many names like Jomo Sono and Kaizer Motaung, these players made an impact at this Club and left their mark,” said Dr Khoza.

“At 17 years of age, you join a group of players that includes Jomo, who made history by being among the youngest ever signed by this Club. Congratulations Mr Foster, we look forward to seeing great things from you with this Club.”

"Lyle Foster will go into the 2017/18 season with the number 20 jersey," Pirates confirmed. 

Bucs' number 20 jersey used to be worn by the team's former captain, Oupa Manyisa. 


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Tshepo bebeto Joined: 09 Sep 2017
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Tshepo bebeto Sep 09, 2017 07:58 AM
@Maxhero lol chiefs fan comments on our team
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dobisto Joined: 04 Aug 2014
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dobisto Sep 08, 2017 08:48 PM
Well said coach
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dobisto Joined: 04 Aug 2014
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dobisto Sep 08, 2017 08:46 PM
Just don't loan dat boy over gabuza coach
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mbixane Sep 08, 2017 02:15 PM
Good luck my boy, make yourself proud
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khaydoman Sep 08, 2017 01:12 PM
Thanks god, we needed him more than the likes of Gabuza and his tween brother Sarr. infect this man can do better then Gabuza when given a chance
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khaydoman Sep 08, 2017 01:12 PM
Thanks god, we needed him more than the likes of Gabuza and his tween brother Sarr. infect this man can do better then Gabuza when given a chance
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khaydoman Sep 08, 2017 01:11 PM
Thanks god, we needed him more than the likes of Gabuza and his tween brother Sarr. infect this man can do better then Gabuza when given a chance
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patrivic Sep 08, 2017 09:48 AM
Bucs i remain
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NkunziEmnyama Sep 07, 2017 09:38 PM
Good luck boy.Once and Always
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jerseynumber8 Sep 07, 2017 09:34 PM
Another BIG talent out of Noordgesig affectionately called Bulte.
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Danko Sep 07, 2017 08:56 PM
I PERSONAL THINK AMABHAKABHAKA ARE STARTING TO TAKE THE RIGHT DIRECTION, TAKE A LOOK A PSG YOUNGEST PLAYER MBAPPE
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ChoLy 4 Bucselona Sep 07, 2017 07:36 PM
@Mlungisi Zondo I agree with you bro en all the players that you have mentioned are more than capable,it's about time we show faith to our development structure and give young and talented players a chance to grow
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SowetoBOY Sep 07, 2017 05:59 PM
Thanks chairman for promoting Foster,make no mistake he will score more goals than Gabuza has scored since he joined bucs.
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Mtwesi Sep 07, 2017 05:57 PM
Shake my hand boy, well done
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Andy@bucs Sep 07, 2017 05:47 PM
They r in of striker, but I was thinking of experience, goodluck boi u must work hard now.
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msanisto Sep 07, 2017 04:35 PM
Good luck Buccaneer. But remember the real hard work starts now and when talent does not work hard, chances are that hard work will beat talent.
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Flash Mabuza Sep 07, 2017 04:26 PM
hmmmm,
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Soccerb4l Sep 07, 2017 04:16 PM
Good luck boi, welcome
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Ofentse_Sikwane Sep 07, 2017 04:13 PM
Now, , let's get rid of Gabuza please!! We won't win anything with this donkey around.
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THE NK Sep 07, 2017 04:10 PM
Ok nice of Pirate for the 1st time in two years.

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