Brighton star happy to get much-needed game time

Tau urges Bafana Bafana to seal Afcon spot tonight

Percy Tau and teammates during the South African national mens soccer team training session at FNB Stadium on March 23, 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Percy Tau and teammates during the South African national mens soccer team training session at FNB Stadium on March 23, 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Image: Lefty Shivambu

Even though Brighton & Hove Albion star Percy Tau has to quarantine for 10 days when he returns to England, he says his sacrifice to represent his country is worth it.

The Bafana talisman made a huge sacrifice to represent his country during the Covid-19 imposed travel restrictions abroad, and it shows how much he wants to help Bafana to book their place in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Cameroon next year.

Bafana will play back-to-back matches against Ghana and Sudan in Group C, starting tonight (6pm) with the clash against the Black Stars.

“I think the games are all important, we are all aware of that. I am grateful that the communication between Bafana and Brighton was successful and they were able to allow me to come. It was smooth and they were able to reach an agreement, even though I still have to go and quarantine for 10 days.

“I understand the importance of the two games and it would be great for us to qualify for Afcon," he said.

However, the bigger picture is for Tau to use the matches against Ghana and Sudan to get some much-needed game time.

He has only managed two appearances for Brighton in the English Premier League this season. “I have been struggling to get game time in England. Even though I won't be in England to fight for my position, this game time with Bafana will help me to improve my confidence," explained Tau.

Tau would like Bafana to wrap up their qualification at home with a win against Ghana and not leave it to the last match in Sudan on Sunday. “We will do everything in our power to seal qualification at home," Tau said.

After loan spells at Club Brugge and Anderlecht in Belgium, Tau is finally back at Brighton where he was signed in the first place. “The level in the EPL is higher, you cannot compare it to any league. There are many top teams and international players and that increases the standard of football there," Tau said.

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