Orlando Pirates' MDC coach Mandla Qhogi tips Lyle Foster for France impact


Qhogi has been working within the Buccaneers' development structures since 2005, starting out at the Under-13 team before growing into his role with the club’s reserve team following Benson Mhlongo’s departure in July.

As such, he has worked with current first team striker Foster, who was recently over at AS Monaco for a follow-up assessment after first impressing on trial in November last year.

It is thought that the 18-year-old forward has left a good impression on the coaching staff at the Ligue 1 giants, who are keen to lure him over now that he has reached the legal age to be transferred, in accordance with FIFA’s Regulations of the Status and Transfer of Players.

With no official word coming from either of the parties involved in the proposed transfer as yet, Qhogi has provided some insight into the Amajita star’s rise as well as how he could fare at The Monégasques.

“I’ve worked with Lyle since the age of 12, and I think he’s shown great potential when we went to England with the Project X,” Qhogi told the media.

“He scored five goals within four games, which was a very good improvement that led to teams from London wanting to sign him right then and there.

“With him going to France, he still has to adapt. Once he does that, we will see Lyle become a different player.”

Monaco are known to have groomed the likes of French star Kylian Mbappe in recent years, and have turned their attention to promoting more youth products with the intention of exporting to the bigger clubs in Europe.

Qhogi believes the club could well guide Foster through a similar journey, without rushing him into the first team setup too quickly, once he does complete a switch from Mayfair.

“I think in France they will make sure they give him much more game-time at development level, so that once he does get introduced to the first team he would already know the setup of the French league,” he added.

“But, I don’t think they will rush him. Lyle will adapt, he is a very clever boy and he’s very hard working. In terms of progressing, they will bring the best out of him.”

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