Friday Apr 23, 2021. 15:00
David Notoane has received a huge boost with news that Brighton & Hove Albion will allow Percy Tau to take part in the Tokyo Olympics.
Tau is one of seven over-age players named in South Africa’s preliminary squad for the upcoming showpiece in Japan and is more than likely to be included as one of three Over-23’s to make the trip later this year.
Each participating nation is allowed a total of three over-age players to form part of their Under-23 squad for the Games.
Tau, 26, has struggled for game-time since being recalled to Amex Stadium in January and has failed to make Brighton’s matchday squad for three successive Premier League games.
The Bafana Bafana forward was an unused substitute for 10 games in a row prior to missing matches against Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea. He has only featured two times in the league for the Seagulls and head coach Graham Potter sees the Olympics as the perfect platform for Tau to shine.
“I think it is something we will speak with Percy Tau. If a player is selected for his country, we are happy for that,” Potter said.
“We should support that. It’s a big moment for him in his career and his family. So I would say yes, I would be happy for him. And then it’s about what he wants to do as well.”
South Africa have been drawn in Group A alongside hosts Japan, Mexico and France.