Westerlo vice-president confirms Foster acquisition


Westerlo vice president Hasan Centinkaya has confirmed the signing of Lyle Foster on loan.

As reported by this publication over a month ago, the 20-year-old has completed a loan move to the Belgian second tier side from Portuguese Primeira Liga club, Vitoria Guimaraes.

Foster is contracted to Guimaraes until June 2025, but he has struggled to establish himself in the club’s senior team since joining from AS Monaco last year.

Speaking to Gazet van Antwerpen, Centinkaya explained why the former Orlando Pirates youngster has not been able to link up with his new teammates to prepare for the new campaign.

“South African international Lyle Foster’s transfer has been completed for some time, but due to the travel restrictions surrounding corona, he has not yet been able to join the group.

“He is expected at the club next week. In principle, we are also sufficiently armed with Igor Vetokele, Fernand Gouré and Kyan Vaesen.”

He recently missed out on the 2020 Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19 days before the team departed for Tokyo. South Africa got knocked out in the group stages of the competition after losing all three group games against Japan, Mexico and France.

Westerlo have been struggling to gain promotion back to the Belgian Jupiler Pro League and they have brought in the attacker as part of their re-enforcements for the 2021/22 season.

They kicked off their campaign with a 2-0 win against Virton last weekend and face RWD Molenbeek on Friday evening.

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By FARPost Reporter