Pirates’ Lyle Foster joins the big leagues and bids farewell to SA giants

Pirates’ Lyle Foster joins the big leagues and bids farewell to SA giants

- After joining Orlando Pirates at 13 years old, Foster is now transferring to AS Monaco FC

- 18 year old striker Lyle Foster, has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the French Ligue 1 giant

- Orlando Pirates wishes Foster well on his new journey

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Orlando Pirates FC bids farewell to 18 year old Lyle Foster. The South African soccer club has confirmed reports that Foster will transfer to French football giants, AS Monaco FC.

Foster had previously been on assessments with the European club, but his move was made official after his 18th birthday in September, as Fifa regulations requires. The technicality kept the player on his toes as he, owing to his springtime birthday, almost missed the transfer window ending in August, reported KickOff.

Foster has now signed a four-and-a-half year contract with the French Ligue 1 legends. Foster is now the youngest Orlando Pirates player to play for a top five European league.

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The transfer is a big move for the rising star who joined Pirates when he was just 13 years old. Foster will join the ranks o many South African greats who have transferred to the top tier French division, such as Lebohang Phiri and Bongani Zungu.

Foster will also rub shoulders with former Arsenal FC player, Henri Thierry who now manages the club after their poor performance under previous manager, Leonardo Jardim. David Beckhoura will coach the young star in the National 2.

AS Monacao welcomed Foster to the family in statement released on their website.

Foster not only grew into the incredible marksman he is under Pirates but also helped grow the South African giants. The club fondly reminisce that Foster was the youngest player to score an official goal for the club at the age of 17.

The proud Head of Youth Development Augusto Palacios said, “It is such an honour to see Lyle moving to a big club at such a young age. As a person who is passionate about youth development, this is the type of thing that makes the long hours all worth it,” the club reported.

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In a heartwarming goodbye, the team wished Foster the best of luck.

“On behalf of the entire Orlando Pirates family we would like to wish Lyle the best of luck as he enters a new chapter in his young footballing life. May this move be a catalyst for greater things to come from him,” the club write in a statement.

The Soweto born striker has had an exciting career thus far and appears to be destined to do great things in the word of football. At just 17, Foster played for Pirates' first team during last season (2017-2018). The Guardian also named the youngster one of the top 60 most promising young players worldwide in 2017.

In an Instagram post, Foster allegedly expressed gratitude to his now former team.

"I would like to thank Orlando Pirates for giving me the opportunity to start my professional career , my trainer club , the club that has moulded me into the man I am today . To be at the club since the age of 12 is something I’m really proud of and I will always be grateful."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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