Lethal hit­men to lead Bafana at­tack

Tau and Moth­iba set to make a for­mi­da­ble pair­ing in Af­con qual­i­fier against Sey­chelles

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Percy Tau rel­ishes the prospect of play­ing up­front along­side French-based Bafana Bafana striker Lebo Moth­iba for SA against Sey­chelles.

Percy Tau rel­ishes the prospect of play­ing up­front along­side French-based Bafana Bafana striker Lebo Moth­iba for SA against Sey­chelles on Satur­day.

The pair is likely to form a dream front­line part­ner­ship in Bafana’s 2019 Africa Cup of Na­tions (Af­con) qual­i­fier at FNB Sta­dium. Moth­iba has five goals in Ligue 1 this sea­son‚ where he trans­ferred to Rac­ing Stras­bourg from Lille for a re­ported R135m in late Au­gust‚ and scored a brace at the week­end in a 2-2 away draw against Angers.

Tau scored his sec­ond league goal for Royal Union Saint-Gil­loise in Bel­gium’s sec­ond divi­sion last week­end‚ where he is on loan after sign­ing for English Premier League side Brighton & Hove Al­bion.

Speak­ing after a one-and­half-hour-train­ing ses­sion in Jo­han­nes­burg on Tues­day‚ Tau said hav­ing big cen­tre-for­ward Moth­iba should boost Bafana’s chances of an em­phatic re­sult in the back-to-back matches against Sey­chelles.

“I think the coach chooses who to play with‚” said Tau, when asked about the prospect of part­ner­ing Moth­iba.

“I think Lebo [Moth­iba] has been play­ing well in France. He also did well when we got to play to­gether for Bafana against Zam­bia. I’m happy that he’s here now and hope­fully he will be a good ad­di­tion to the team.

“He’s a player who plays ac­cord­ing to the struc­ture of the team. So any player who plays around him will ben­e­fit.”

The 22-year-old Moth­iba scored on his de­but against An­gola in the four-na­tions friendly tour­na­ment played in Zam­bia in March‚ and also scored in a 2-0 win against Zam­bia in the fi­nal.

Moth­iba was called up to Bafana’s sec­ond qual­i­fier against Libya in Durban in Septem­ber but pulled out be­cause of in­jury. Tau said that Moth­iba was not the only player who was sorely missed in their goal­less draw.

“We had a lot of play­ers who were in­jured in that camp and had to pull out. Moth­iba was part of those im­por­tant play­ers who were not there‚” he said.

He is con­fi­dent that Bafana will be one of the two teams pro­gress­ing from Group E to qual­ify for the 2019 Af­con in Cameroon. “It’s still too early be­cause there are still four matches to play. We are sec­ond on the log and I don’t see any prob­lem there‚” he said.

“We just have to win our games. Even if we draw some of our games‚ we just have to qual­ify,” said Tau.

“In a group the end re­sults are also in­flu­enced by other re­sults in the same group.

“So we can’t be putting pres­sure on our­selves now. We just have to do our best and make sure we put the coun­try where it is sup­posed to be.”

Bafana have four points from beat­ing Nige­ria 2-0 away‚ and the draw against Libya.

/AFP

Front­line force: Lebo Moth­iba, left, play­ing for Stras­bourg against Angers at the week­end where he scored twice, is likely to lead the Bafana at­tack with Percy Tau against Sey­chelles on Satur­day.

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