Khoza waxes lyrical over Foster potential

Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza has likened the club’s latest Academy graduate Lyle Foster to the likes of club legends Kaizer Motaung and Jomo Sono.

It may be a bold statement by the Iron Duke to weigh expectation onto the shoulders of the 17-year-old forward, but Khoza firmly believes the teenager may be the catalyst for the Buccanneers to return to their glory days.

After an indifferent season, finishing outside the top-eight of the Premiership standings last season, new head coach Milutin Sredojevic and assistant Rulani Mokwena have decided to rope in the South Africa youth international.

“For the players who we are cultivating from the MDC (Multichoice Diski Challenge reserve league) that there is a platform for them,” he told the Sowetan.

“They are going to be showcased. The other day we introduced Lyle Foster. And he’s not the first. When Kaizer (Motaung) and Jomo (Sono) started (at Pirates) they were 16.

“So it just shows that if ever the timing is right and you are ready we just throw you in at the deep end.”

Foster has featured three times in the league this season, registering one assist in his only start with the Sea Robbers.

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