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Foster makes the grade at Bucs

Lyle Foster has been promoted to the Orlando Pirates first team, just days after the young striker's 17th birthday.

According to the Pirates website, Foster '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 goal-scoring charts – the Bucs youngster has received the call that every player dreams of.'

He also featured last season's PSL Reserve League, the Multichoice Diski Challenge, and is part of the national U20 side, having scored and assisted in a recent 2-1 win over England. 

The promising young marksman was naturally thrilled to have made the grade at a club of Pirates' stature.

"This is unreal. To be promoted to the senior team at such a young age is a big honour for me and my family," he said.

"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."

He is looking forward to reuniting with two other development players - Yusuf Maart and Lehlohonolo Mtshali, who were also promoted to the senior side recently.

"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," said Foster.

Club Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza said Foster is in good company with regards to young signings the Soweto giants have made in the past.

"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."

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