Bucs Legends: Foster Should Not Be Another Ndulula
Pirates Legends Moeti and Mkhalele speak on Lyle Foster
Orlando Pirates starlet Lyle Foster has emerged as a promising young star for both his club and for the national team. However despite his promising success, particularly with the U-20 national side Amajita, Bucs legends John Moeti and Helman Mkhalele have warned that the pressure of expectation can take its toll on young players.
Lyle who has just helped the Amajita side secure the 2017 U20 COSAFA Cup had headlined in 2017 when he became one of the youngest players to be promoted to the Pirates first team at just 17-years.
The young striker now currently finds himself in a similar position as former Bucs striker, Bongani Ndulula, who emerged as a top talent for the Buccaneers and for the national team, however has struggled to sustain that potential.
“Everyone is currently talking about Lyle because of his performances in the Multi Choice Diski Challenge and for the U20’s. This is a good thing as it will boost his confidence as a player,” Moeti told Soccer Laduma.
“The negative side to that is that the expectation on such a player can weigh him down. Foster will need to convert his MDC and Amajita form for his club and sustain it. Foster should not be another Ndulula who I believe succumbed to the pressure and expectation put on him,” added Dungi.
His sentiments were shared by former teammate, Helman Mkhalele, who told the Siya crew that the 17-year-old needs to learn from previous players.
“Lyle is good player but the technical team at Pirates need to be careful with him and manage him properly,” noted Mkhalele.
“He is still young and therefore he has not dealt with the pressure that comes with having to perform game-in and game-out at senior level. I think it’s particularly more difficult for strikers because they are judged by the goals they score which adds even more pressure.
“My advice is that the coach should focus on giving him game time without the expectation of scoring goals. By relieving that pressure he can learn to establish himself a good striker and focus on building his game,” concluded the former Bucs winger.
Foster has also been linked with a move to Monaco in France, where he underwent a trial earlier this year.