Young Tau roars onto CAF list

Sun­downs striker and goal­keeper De­nis Onyango cho­sen for Cham­pi­ons League team

CityPress - - Sport - TIM­O­THY MOLOBI tim­o­thy@city­press.co.za

Percy Tau’s star­dom on the con­ti­nent is grow­ing in leaps and bounds.

De­spite Mamelodi Sun­downs fail­ing to de­fend their CAF Cham­pi­ons League crown, two of the Brazil­ians have been recog­nised by the con­ti­nen­tal body. From teams knocked out in the quar­ter­fi­nals, Tau and De­nis Onyango are two of only three play­ers to make the CAF Cham­pi­ons League team.

The third one is Espérance Sportive de Tu­nis’ striker Taha Yas­sine Khenissi.

The Sun­downs duo are also rep­re­sent­ing the other side of the equa­tor as the team is mostly made up of north Africans, bar the two.

As expected, fi­nal­ists – Wy­dad Ath­letic Club and AlAhly – dom­i­nate the list with five play­ers.

Newly crowned cham­pi­ons Wy­dad of Mo­rocco, who lifted their sec­ond Cham­pi­ons League tro­phy, lead with three play­ers fol­low­ing their tri­umph over the Egyp­tian gi­ants last week­end.

And just like Sun­downs, Ahly, the eight-time cham­pi­ons, also have two rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the list.

The list is com­pleted by three play­ers from clubs that were knocked out in the semis – Étoile Sportive du Sa­hel of Tu­nisia and Al­ge­ria’s USM Al­ger.

The in­clu­sion of Tau fur­ther demon­strates the po­ten­tial he has and that his con­tri­bu­tion has not gone un­no­ticed.

The 23-year-old fea­tured in 10 games for the Brazil­ians and was a con­stant thorn in the side of his op­po­nents. He is fast mak­ing his name on the con­ti­nent and is the only South African to be nom­i­nated for the CAF foot­baller of the year award.

Tau is also on the list for the African player of the year (based in Africa) award.

Tau, who scored on his de­but for Bafana against Guinea-Bis­sau in March, was also on the score­sheet against Nige­ria and Burk­ina Faso.

The pint-size striker is also a nom­i­nee for the South African sports star of the year award, along­side ath­letes Wayde van Niek­erk and Caster Se­menya, long jumper Luvo Many­onga and boxer Zolani Tete.

But he is not the only PSL-based player gun­ning for the African Player of the Year (based in Africa) award.

His Sun­downs team-mate Onyango is look­ing to de­fend the crown he lifted last year af­ter help­ing Pitso Mosi­mane’s side win the Cham­pi­ons League.

He also helped Uganda to push Egypt all the way in the 2018 World Cup qual­i­fiers un­til the penul­ti­mate round of fix­tures.

Su­perS­port United cap­tain Dean Fur­man and striker Jeremy Brockie are also nom­i­nees for the African player of the year (based in Africa) award af­ter help­ing their club reach the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup fi­nal.

They meet TP Mazembe in the fi­nal. Brockie is the top scorer in the com­pe­ti­tion with 10 goals.

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