JOHANNESBURG – Lyle Foster is living a dream he doesn’t want to wake up from. The 18-year-old forward was recently promoted to AS Monaco’s first team where he is rubbing shoulders with global stars like Cesc Fabregas and Radamel Falcao.
In a short space of time Foster went from a promising talent at Orlando Pirates to earning a move to France where he is on the books of the eight-time Ligue 1 champions. It doesn’t hurt that his new surroundings are also the picturesque setting of one of the most beautiful places in the world, a huge shift from the streets of Noordgesig in Soweto where he grew up.
“Life in France is good,” Foster said. “I enjoy it. I learn a lot there. It’s taking me time to adapt but I think that I am adapting well. I am enjoying myself and I am learning new things there. It helps me a lot, off the field with the mental aspect of my game being alone there. It’s a very good experience for me, I hope to keep on going longer.”
Foster is still finding his feet in France and Monaco. He made the move in January this year to continue his meteoric rise. In the handful of games he played for Pirates, he did enough to show that he can be one of the best forwards this country has ever produced. He sat on the bench for Monaco last month in their 1-0 win over Lille, building on his appearance in the Uefa Youth League.
“I believe that I am still living in a dream,” Foster said. “It was crazy when I got the call to be in the first team, just being with the world class players there - the likes of Nacer Chadli and Adrien Silva who have played in massive international tournaments - is unreal. It’s something very different and very big.