Lyle Foster has been playing in Europe since 2018, as an 18-year-old. He believes that a lack of faith in youth players is the problem with South African football.
Foster recently signed for Burnley FC in the January transfer window. His trajectory to the highest level in football is largely attributed to the fact that he was given an opportunity as a teenager at a big team like Orlando Pirates.
“I think it’s something we lack in South Africa, playing youngsters at the top level.” Foster told iDiski Times in an exclusive interview.
“They’re labelled too young. I think a perfect example of a player taking his chance is Cassius [Mailula] at Sundowns – he’s taken it with both hands.
“We have the quality in South Africa, what we need is the trust from the people upstairs.
“If nurtured properly, I think we can build a really good squad for the national team.” He spoke.
Foster went on to thank Augusto Palacios, who gave him the opportunity through the ranks at Orlando Pirates.
“From the moment I got to Pirates and worked with Coach Augusto Palacios I worked very hard.
“He had lots of confidence and trust in me, he’s somebody I respect and love very much. The whole journey at Pirates was beautiful, it just went by so fast.
“Scoring at 17 was good, playing with guys like [Thamsanqa] Gabuza and Kermit Erasmus that I grew up watching in the stadium. Getting to share a pitch with them was something that was very good for me.” He added.
The striker scored his first goal for Burnley FC last Saturday. This Is the Problem with South African Football According to Lyle Foster!