South Africa coach says Ahly want to 'get rid' of Percy Tau

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 17 Sep 2022

South Africa coach Hugo Broos believes that Bafana Bafana striker Percy Tau is "not in a good situation" at Egyptian club Ahly, claiming that the Cairo giants are looking to offload the injury-prone player this summer.

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Broos has not selected Tau for two friendly games against Sierra Leone and Botswana later this month as he believes the player is not fit enough to make South Africa's squad.

"I spoke a lot last week with Percy. Yes it's not a good situation for him. First of all he was many times injured last season. He came back, he was injured, he came back, and he was injured," Broos was quoted as saying by South African newspaper Sunday Times on Saturday.

"I've never had a Percy Tau on top level in my team ... I never had him. He was never 100% because before he was injured and I couldn't select him."

The future of the 28-year-old, who joined Ahly on a four-year contract from English Premier League side Brighton last summer, remains uncertain because of his successive injuries.

Broos also believes that the sudden departure of Ahly's South African coach Pitso Mosimane, who brought Tau to the club, last June raises further doubts over whether he will remain at the Red Devils.

"And with the situation after Pitso (Mosimane) left Ahly if I can believe what they write in newspapers, they (Ahly) want to get rid of him," he added.

Since joining Ahly, Tau has scored eight goals in 31 appearances on all fronts. His last appearance with the team came in a league game against Masry on 10 August before he was injured again.

Broos said also he believes the ten-time African champions are finding it hard to find suitors for Tau, expressing his hope that he gets more chances to prove his worth should he stay put.  

"They're going everywhere with him and I don't think from what I read that all those teams were interested in him," he said.

"It was Ahly who offered him to those teams because they want to get rid of him.

"It's not a good situation for Percy and with the transfer period ending in every country now, maybe he's forced to stay. And what will happen to him there?

"I'm also a little bit sad about the situation because a good Percy Tau is a big difference in your team. But yes, that's the situation and I can't change that.

"I just hope if he has to stay at Ahly that he gets his chance to prove what a good player he is. But that depends on the (new) coach (Marcel Koller) there."

Ahly finished third in the Egyptian league last season for their worst position in 30 years, losing the title to arch-rivals Zamalek for the second successive season.

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