Broos not willing to take Tau gamble

Broos not willing to take Tau gamble
South Africa's Percy Tau during a training session

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Nov 09, 2022. 13:00

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has revealed he overlooked Percy Tau for his latest squad because the Al Ahly winger isn’t 100 per cent fit.

The 28-year-old, who missed the September friendlies against Sierra Leone and Botswana, was again omitted from Broos’ 23-man squad for the Mozambique and Angola fixtures.

Tau only recently returned to training with the Red Eagles after recovering from injury and was brought on for the final 19 minutes of their 4-1 win over El Dakhleya last Wednesday.

Broos insists he cannot rely on the former Mamelodi Sundowns star in his current condition and has urged him to consider finding a new club in January to revive his international career.

“I think a player like Percy Tau fits in every plan of every coach, let that be clear,” the Belgian tactician said following the announcement of his final squad on Tuesday.

“When you see what happened with Percy in the last year, he went from one injury to another and went through his recovery and then played two-three games and was again injured. He didn’t play because of injuries against Ethiopia and France.

“He’s not 100% now, yes he’s fit, but he does not have enough minutes. He has to play. Again, let’s hope if he doesn’t succeed and get his position in Al Ahly, in January he finds another team where he can play.

“We’ll be very happy to see that with Al Ahly or another team so that we can have a 100% Percy Tau in March for the two matches against Liberia.

“I don’t think it’s a good plan to take Percy now, because he’s not 100%. We did before but you saw his performances against Ghana in September last year and again in November, it was not Percy on 100%.”

Broos’ side will take on the Mambas at the Mbombela Stadium on November 17 before going up against the Giant Sable Antelopes at the same venue three days later as part of their preparations for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in March next year.

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