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Lyle Foster pays tribute to father who quit job to support his dream

Bafana Bafana star forward Lyle Foster has paid tribute to his father, who quit his job to support his dream of becoming a professional footballer.

The Burnley FC striker was speaking during Bafana’s press conference ahead of their international friendly against DR Congo on Tuesday, 12 August 2023.

The showdown between the two nations will take place at Orlando Stadium, with the kick-off set for 17h00. 

This friendly match is part of the preparations for the 2023 AFCON tournament due to be held in Ivory Coast in January next year and the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in November 2023. 


The 23-year-old footballer revealed how his father had to quit his job to make sure he was focused on his career.

Meanwhile, Foster added that his mother had to continue working to support the family, as his father quit his job.

He went on to state that his parents’ sacrifices are what made him the star that he is today. 

“Obviously, my father was always there and sacrificed a lot, as well as my mother. They both played big roles in my life,” Foster told journalists. 

“My mother had to go to work while my father was driving me around [to training sessions] with my sister. I think it was a perfect relationship. 

“They are still my biggest support structure even today. When I feel like things aren’t going my way, they’re the first people I try to contact.”

Lyle Foster in celebratory mood with Bafana Bafana players.
Bafana Bafana


The talented striker expressed his gratitude to his parents for everything they went through to make his dream come true. 

“My parents are the reason why I’m here. I’m very grateful for everything they’re doing,” he added. 

“I’m only 23 now and there’s still a long way to go. I can still keep fighting to achieve more dreams. 

“They really changed my life because they’re the ones who sacrificed for me and pushed me into football, making sure that I’m always at the training.”

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