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Bucs Legends: Foster Should Not Be Another Ndulula

Pirates Legends Moeti and Mkhalele speak on Lyle Foster

By Mkhize - Dec 30, 2017 12:17 PM

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.

 

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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.


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TBS Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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TBS Dec 31, 2017 02:07 PM
@Mavulela ,,, Surely your assertion does not apply to a 17 year old, I hope.
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Mfanakamdala Joined: 15 Aug 2016
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Mfanakamdala Dec 31, 2017 01:00 PM
Yah ne!
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Realydoctor10 Dec 31, 2017 10:44 AM
Foster is the good player but Pirates coach is the one who want to turned him cow because he don't believed to his services an he benched him instead of giving the the player more time of play this boy should leave Pirates with silverware like Dolly who was doing good to Sundowns
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sizwehoni@gmail.com Joined: 28 Aug 2017
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sizwehoni@gmail.com Dec 31, 2017 10:24 AM
He mst b given a chance but the coach is jst afraid to give young energetic players a chance.
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The Bucsboss Joined: 02 Nov 2016
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The Bucsboss Dec 31, 2017 06:09 AM
There is a destructive talented people at my Bucs.One thing that course all this is that,management are on the buying and selling seat without consulting the technical team.How do they know what the coach want?My wish is to see Pirates being managed by people who want to be part of success in the world of soccer.#UP THE BUCS.
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jerseynumber8 Dec 30, 2017 10:19 PM
He needs to go to Europe like yesterday. OP, only contracted him because of European interest. Those scouts in Europe know a gem when they see one.
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TeeyJay-Ntolo-Bucs1 Joined: 24 Sep 2017
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TeeyJay-Ntolo-Bucs1 Dec 30, 2017 09:48 PM
Yah...He seems to have something special. He must keep working hard
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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Dec 30, 2017 09:45 PM
Rats talking
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Love-downs Joined: 30 Dec 2017
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Love-downs Dec 30, 2017 09:26 PM
This young fellow must just go abroad and grow period
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Love-downs Dec 30, 2017 09:26 PM
This young fellow must just go abroad and grow period
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Mavulela Joined: 26 Jul 2017
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Mavulela Dec 30, 2017 09:22 PM
@TBS as supporters we only live with expectations, we only need players to entertain us, if we don't get what we want, we criticise. So it is up to the players to live with a presse.
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chiefs is useless Joined: 11 Jul 2016
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chiefs is useless Dec 30, 2017 07:21 PM
Foster can never be anyone that comparison is lame..
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Binda_Bucks1 Joined: 27 Apr 2015
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Binda_Bucks1 Dec 30, 2017 06:11 PM
Hmm
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Dunu-Rats-Slayer Dec 30, 2017 04:57 PM
he is already like Ndulula an overrated cow of note
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TBS Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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TBS Dec 30, 2017 04:16 PM
I agree with u my Legends. The supporters too must play a role in nurturing this young talent, and avoid at all cost to be too expectant :))
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Mavulela Joined: 26 Jul 2017
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Mavulela Dec 30, 2017 03:48 PM
I forgot to mention the list of those overrated cows in the past decade, including the Dulula. DULULA, MANENZE, INNOCENT MDLEDLE, NDLELA, KAIZER JUNIOR AND NKATHA.
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Mavulela Dec 30, 2017 03:39 PM
Talent and luck are two things. DULULA were a good luck cow, he was a complete cow with no talent at all. When the lucky is gone they call it pressure.
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blackmeteor Dec 30, 2017 02:06 PM
Yes he needs game time...and If he gets the basics right, the goals will come.........It is also important that he be allowed to bring his own unique attributes to the party.
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the rocker Dec 30, 2017 01:29 PM
He will come right given I Game time coz he's still young
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Always a way Dec 30, 2017 01:11 PM
With less pressure at the begining maybe he'll be able to build his confidence,who knows,its a gamble that we need to take, given the less resources we currently have in the kitchen, for me it's like we have no choice but to throw him in the sea to swim with the sharks that's the only way he can able to grow as a player or maybe succumb under pressure as the rest or become one season wonder like Walaza,who knows,maybe he can be the solution we need

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