Tau roars to form at the right time

Downs aim for Club World Cup

Sowetan - - Sport - By Go­molemo Motshwane

Mamelodi Sun­downs’ smil­ing as­sas­sin Percy Tau has once again hit form just when his team needed him the most as the Brazil­ians tar­get an­other CAF Cham­pi­ons League tri­umph.

The happy-go-lucky Tau has timeously found form af­ter hav­ing steered Sun­downs to a 2-1 win with his brace over Free State Stars on Mon­day.

The Brazil­ians are six games away from etch­ing an­other win­ner’s star on their club crest in the con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tion.

Tau was in­stru­men­tal for the Brazil­ians last year as they surged to their first African ti­tle. The Tsh­wane giants will hope Tau’s scor­ing touch con­tin­ues when they face Wy­dad Casablanca in the quar­ter­fi­nal first leg at the Lu­cas Moripe Sta­dium on Sun­day (3pm).

Sun­downs have been look­ing for a go-to man since the start of the sea­son with strik­ers Leonardo Cas­tro and Khama Bil­liat strug­gling not only with in­jury but also with form. Ahead of the home leg, coach Pitso Mosi­mane will be pleased that his 23-year-old livewire had timeously peaked his strike-rate.

“He [Pitso] be­lieves in fin­ish­ing our moves. With peo­ple who are quick we tend to do the op­po­site [to scor­ing]. It’s in our na­ture as skil­ful play­ers but it’s im­por­tant to score goals,” Tau said.

The Bafana Bafana in­ter­na­tional be­lieves the team’s ex­pe­ri­ence in con­ti­nen­tal foot­ball from the past three sea­sons should pull them through to the semi­fi­nal.

“I don’t think it’s a do-or-die game [on Sun­day]. Even if we get a draw we can still beat them away. So it’s just about how we man­age the game. We are very ex­pe­ri­enced in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“I’ve de­vel­oped a good re­la­tion­ship with the Cham­pi­ons League. It’s some­thing I like so much, so I’d be happy to win it again.

“We know it won’t be easy, it’s a chal­lenge we have em­braced and we are pre­pared for it.

“Our aim is to go back to the Fifa Club World Cup.”

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