Will home­boy Tau have his danc­ing shoes on tonight?

A marvel to watch but ‘Percy, you can’t keep on miss­ing’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - HOSEA RAMPHEKWA

AS a pre­cur­sor to what might be wait­ing at the end of to­day’s grand fi­nale, Percy Tau burst into a mini dance in a Babes Wo­dumo like fash­ion.

It was mu­sic to Tau’s ears that Mamelodi Sun­downs and Wits will clash in his province when they bat­tle it out in the MTN8 fi­nal at Mbombela Sta­dium to­day.

“It will be good for the province for some­body from Wit­bank win­ning the MTN8 in Mpumalanga,” said Tau, who hails from the re­gion.

But be­fore Tau and his team­mates can burst into dance, they first have to break the rhythm of Wits and gy­rate their way past Gavin Hunt’s men, who are keen on si­lenc­ing the on- song Brazil­ians.

Sun­downs and Wits have been neck and neck for sil­ver­ware in re­cent sea­sons.

This cam­paign, the Clever Boys look very strong and Tau is aware that Pitso Mosi­mane’s men won’t have a car­ni­val this af­ter­noon.

“It’s go­ing be an in­ter­est­ing fi­nal play­ing Wits. They play dif­fer­ent from the teams that we have played like Chippa United and Su­per­Sport United,” he said.

“We will plan for that. We are also cau­tious about who they are. They are Wits. I think they are also cau­tious about who we are. It’s go­ing to be in­ter­est­ing and I hope we will win,” added Tau, who stressed the need not to be big- headed.

“We re­spect teams and we are very hum­bled to play against those teams. I don’t think we have that per­cep­tion that we say we can beat ev­ery­body.

“We say let’s fo­cus on this game and try and get the pos­i­tive re­sults that we are look­ing for. Win­ning is a cul­ture. We have to win games. We are a big team. At times, we are not judged on the play but on re­sults.”

Tau has worked tire­lessly to force his way into the Sun­downs start­ing XI after re­turn­ing from Wit­bank Spurs, where he spent the bet­ter part of last sea­son on loan.

Since his re­turn, Tau has proved a vi­tal mem­ber of the team who qual­i­fied for the fi­nal of the CAF Champions League. The 22- year- old at­tacker scored the sec­ond goal in their 2- 0 win over Zesco United last week­end.

He has gained mas­sive ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing in the con­ti­nen­tal show­piece and will com­pete for a start­ing place with sea­soned cam­paign­ers. But Tau knows that he can’t rest on his lau­rels.

“It’s dif­fi­cult to ac­tu­ally make a state­ment with the group that we have. We have a top group of good play­ers, best play­ers in my opin­ion. I can’t make a state­ment that I will ac­tu­ally be in the team,” he said.

Re­cently, Tau has been a marvel to watch with his bril­liant move­ments, flair and skill. How­ever, his goal re­turn has not been as im­pres­sive, but he is work­ing on it.

“I do a lot of ex­tra train­ing on fin­ish­ing, to say, ‘Percy, you can’t keep on miss­ing be­cause peo­ple lose con­fi­dence’. Even the coach, how will he trust you if you keep on miss­ing the goals?” said Tau, a grad­u­ate of the Sun­downs acad­emy.

“It’s also part of football that you will score and you will miss. It’s just a step that if I miss, I will come back and I will score.”

Tau be­lieves a win over Wits will go a long way for Downs, who have another big fi­nal com­ing up in two weeks times.

“Win­ning will give us the con­fi­dence to say you can go to Egypt and still do well. If we win we be­come con­fi­dent in the plan,” said Tau.

Mosi­mane will be hop­ing that the at­tack­ing mid­fielder has his scor­ing boots on against Wits.

Who will have the ul­ti­mate dance tonight – Sun­downs or Wits? A song of celebration and lamen­ta­tion awaits ei­ther team.

PERCY TAU: ‘Win­ning is a cul­ture’

WHO WILL BE SMIL­ING? Gavin Hunt and Pitso Mosi­mane

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