10 September 2019 – South Africa’s National Under-23 side will not put their foot off the pedal when they face Zimbabwe in their third round, second leg U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier clash on Tuesday (10 September 2019) at Barbourfields Stadium.
This is according to AS Monaco forward, Lyle Foster who had a stellar of a game in South Africa’s 5-0 win first leg AFCON qualifier encounter against Zimbabwe last week Friday (6 September) at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
The 19-year-old former Orlando Pirates player provided two wonderful assists to teammates Kobamelo Kodisang and Luther Singh who scored respectively, before registering his own in the 66th minute.
Foster stated that it was very crucial that they continued with their tactical discipline going this tie, as this will see them finishing their round with a very impressive result.
Winners of this round will automatically qualify for this year’s U-23 Africa Cup of Nations set to take place in Egypt. The U-23 AFCON qualifier match between South Africa and Zimbabwe will kick-off at 15h00.
“It is very important that we remain focused and push for another win going into this tie,” Foster said. “For me, two legged matches are like a 90 minutes of a match and we have only played the first 45 minutes of the 90 now. Sure we go into this tie having produced a comfortable lead however the job is not done yet. It is now up to everybody in this team to pull their weight and make sure we go back home having produced another win.”
Foster also added that he was happy with his individual performance, adding that he hopes to give more in this second leg tie.
“I am very happy with how I performed in the first leg, however, there are some few things which I believe I could have done personally to contribute to the team,” Foster said. “I am also pleased with the two assists and the goal I scored on the night I hope to build on that performance.
“Collectively,” Foster added. “We played really well as a team and this encounter is just an opportunity to prove that we did not win that match by mere luck.”
The squad returns to South Africa on Wednesday, 11 September 2019.
They are expected to land at 14h45.