Tuesday Oct 08, 2019. 12:00
Percy tau will travel to South Africa to link up with Bafana Bafana ahead of their Nelson Mandela Challenge clash with Mali in Port Elizabeth, but his fitness will have to be assessed ahead of the game.
Tau limped out of Club Brugge’s Belgian league win over Gent at the weekend and there are fears he will not be fit to face Mali a blow for the national team on and off the pitch given he is now the major drawcard in the side for fans.
But Bafana doctor Thulani Ngwenya says he will come to camp and they will make a decision from there.
“From Percy’s team, they didn’t flag up anything so he’s still coming to camp and then we will assess him and make a call, but otherwise there’s nothing formal from his club,” Ngwenya confirmed.
“There are, however, some other concerns around Amiens midfielder Bongani Zungu, Kaizer Chiefs defender EWric Mathoho, Mamelodi Sundowns forward Themba Zwane, and the SuperSport United duo of goalkeeper Ronwen Williams and midfielder Dean Furman.
“Bongani had a deep laceration on his left leg, so we just need to open it and make a call on whether we’re keeping him [in camp] or not. The other one is Tower [Mathoho] with an ankle injury so we’ll manage him and see,” Ngwenya said.
“The other person which is of concern at the moment is Dean Furman, who has had a knee problem for about a week or so now. He played [in the MTN8 final], but he might have pushed himself, so that’s a concern.
“Themba Zwane also has a niggling ankle injury, and I’m expecting to examine Ronwen Williams because he’s also got a problem with his right shoulder, but they will all be assessed.”