I hope Tau’s form with Ahly rubs off on Bafana Bafana: South Africa coach

Ahram Online , Tuesday 13 Jun 2023

South Africa national team coach Hugo Broos expressed his delight with the recent performance of Ahly winger Percy Tau, demanding the attacker replicate his club form with the national team.

FILE - Ahly winger Percy Tau in South Africa jersey. Photo: AFP


Tau has been a key figure in Ahly's triumphant Champions League campaign scoring five goals and providing five assists.

“I know that Tau and Ahly won on Sunday and they’ll be celebrating, that’s normal, but I know that when he arrives he’ll be ready. I’m sure that he will perform with Bafana Bafana,” Broos told reporters.

“He also knows that what we saw from him in recent months in Bafana, was not his level, certainly not. I am very happy with what he has done in recent months with Ahly and I am looking forward to seeing him doing it with us,” the Belgian tactician added.

The 29-year-old forward has not scored for South Africa since March 2021 and his international career has been interrupted by injuries which have been a concern for Broos.

Since scoring against Ghana in a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, Tau has gone to play seven games without scoring.

“What I know about Percy is that when he comes to the national team he wants to perform but he wasn’t ready to perform one year ago with all the injuries and he also didn’t play as much as he should. When he played, he’d be four, five weeks out injured. And every time when he came to the national team, he’d just returned from an injury, so he wasn’t ready.

“I said that I hope that one day he leaves Ahly and goes to a team where he is going to play because he’s very important for us. A good Percy Tau is very important for Bafana Bafana. So, what I see now in the last few months is a standard player, he’s always playing and he plays well,” Broos concluded.

South Africa will host Morocco in the sixth round of the upcoming 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers on Saturday, with both sides already qualified as they finished first and second, respectively, in Group K, which only consists of three teams after Zimbabwe's disqualification.

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