FARPost has caught up with South African starlet Lyle Foster all the way in Belgium to find out how things are going with Cercle Brugge, where he’s on loan from French Ligue 1 side Monaco.
The 19-year-old former Orlando Pirates man told FARPost, “Despite the (poor) results the loan for me personally has been great I’ve been playing regularly, learning and most importantly improving.
“I’m confident playing different positions in the attacking third of the field now, I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Obviously it’s difficult because results aren’t coming our way but we need to stay focused because it’s not over yet – there is still lots to fight for.”
Foster continued to speak about how it felt scoring his first goal of the season after months of not scoring regardless of playing very well in the league.
The goal came against Zulte-Waragem in December.
“I was definitely relieved because as an attacker you’re judged on numbers so it was important to get off the mark,” he said.
“No-one remembers how many times you hit the post or how well you played if your name isn’t on the score sheet. Scoring as many goals is something I’m working and improving on every day.”
With the SA national U23 team qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan under the stewardship of coach David Notoane and Foster playing a big part in achieving that he expressed his joy at having helped South Africa reach its second consecutive Olympic games saying,” What a great experience with an exceptional squad of players. We played some really strong sides but I think we proved our quality there.
“I think we need to stay focused and keep performing at our clubs so that when there is a camp we’re ready for the test and also the summer in Tokyo ” Foster told FARPost.
It will be interesting to see how the SA youth international finishes the season, but he will be hoping to finish on a high note and help Cercle Brugge avoid relegation into the Proximus League.
Cercle Brugge are bottom and 7 points behind 15th placed KV Oostende with 7 matches remaining.
By Prince Sobayeni