Tau returns to add spark to potent-looking Bafana attack

Percy Tau’s return to type and health at Al Ahly has earned him a spot again in Hugo Broos’ Bafana Bafana squad for the 2 important Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in opposition to Liberia on the finish of this month.

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Bafana will play Liberia at Orlando Stadium on March 24 earlier than travelling to Monrovia to play 4 days later.

Tau has been lacking from the Bafana squad for a while as his accidents clearly affected his capacity to shine, however he has lately seemed again to his greatest, enjoying effectively for Ahly within the Fifa World Membership Cup and the Caf Champions League.

The diminutive attacker scored an excellent purpose for Ahly in opposition to Sundowns final weekend within the Caf Champions League.

“When you examine Percy Tau final Saturday in opposition to Sundowns to the Tau who performed one 12 months in the past in opposition to Sundowns, there’s a large distinction,” stated Broos.

“One 12 months in the past there was a participant who didn’t have faith, who was drained and never in form. What we noticed on Saturday, he was essentially the most harmful participant for Ahly.

“I’ve all the time stated that when Percy Tau is at his greatest, he can be enjoying within the nationwide group.”

In two video games in opposition to Liberia that South Africa must win to have one of the best probability of qualifying for the Afcon finals, it’s a increase for Broos to not simply have Tau again in superb type, however to even have a number of attackers hitting the again of the nets for his or her golf equipment.

Cassius Mailula has been prolific for Mamelodi Sundowns, Lyle Foster has scored his first purpose for Burnley within the English Championship, Monnapule Saleng has been shining for Orlando Pirates and Zakhele Lepasa additionally makes the squad after discovering type with SuperSport United.

The squad, certainly, is closely weighted with attacking expertise, with eight strikers named within the 23-man line-up.

“We are able to’t take the chance to have 4 factors (from these two video games). It’s higher to go for six factors,” stated Broos.

“I don’t speak about whether or not we won’t win. I’m certain we are going to win, with the qualities now we have, the gamers additionally need to consider it, and it’s as much as us to make them consider in their very own qualities.”

The Bafana coach famous a scarcity of preparation time for the aspect forward of the primary recreation in opposition to Liberia, however added that he feels the psychological aspect of the sport would be the essential problem for his aspect in these two matches.

“The most important half can be psychological, to concentrate on two video games in a row in three or 4 days. In video games you understand you must win. It’s a state of affairs we haven’t actually recognized. We had it a bit in opposition to Ghana (in Fifa World Cup qualifying) however there, a draw was good (Bafana finally misplaced and didn’t make it into the play-offs). 

Bafana Squad


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Monnapule Saleng, Themba Zwane, Zakhele Lepasa, Cassius Mailula, Mihlali Mayambela, Bongokuhle Hlongwane, Lyle Foster, Percy Tau