‘Tau is wasted in Bel­gium’

Pretoria News Weekend - - SPORT - MINENHLE MKHIZE

DUR­BAN: Percy Tau was out­stand­ing for Mamelodi Sun­downs last sea­son as he pro­duced a num­ber of dom­i­nant per­for­mances which earned him a move to English Premier League out­fit Brighton & Hove Al­bion, but he has now found him­self in the Bel­gian sec­ond divi­sion.

Former Bafana Bafana cap­tain Sibu­siso ‘Rhee’ Zuma, who en­joyed a glit­ter­ing ca­reer in Den­mark, was left puz­zled when it was an­nounced that Tau was head­ing to Royal Union Saint Gil­loise in Bel­gium on a loan move.

Tau was one of the colos­sal fig­ures as Sun­downs stormed to their record eighth league tri­umph. He shared the Absa Pre­mier­ship Golden Boot award with Rod­ney Ra­m­a­galela and walked away as the Play­ers’ Player of the Sea­son and the Foot­baller of the Sea­son.

Speak­ing with In­de­pen­dent Me­dia, Zuma, couldn’t hide his dis­ap­point­ment about Tau’s move to Bel­gium. “Ob­vi­ously for a player like him, leav­ing the English Premier League and go­ing to the sec­ond divi­sion in Bel­gium, I’m a lit­tle bit dis­ap­pointed. It re­ally shows that our foot­ball is not do­ing well. We can’t have our top player in the sec­ond divi­sion in Bel­gium. This guy was picking up tro­phies and awards left, right and cen­tre at home,” Zuma said.

Tau’s prob­lem has not be­ing able to get a work per­mit to play in Eng­land.

“Of course you have to un­der­stand that if you go to Brighton and they loan you out it means they see the po­ten­tial in you. But you don’t do that to play­ers like Tau. For play­ers who are still try­ing to es­tab­lish them­selves, okay they can go to the sec­ond divi­sion in Bel­gium. I be­lieve Percy was al­most there. I was think­ing maybe he’d make the bench of Brighton. I’m not say­ing I ex­pected him to be in a start­ing line-up and bang goals from the word go, “he added.

South Africa doesn’t have any rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the EPL. The re­tired Steven Pien­aar was the last player from SA to ply his trade in Eng­land.

Back in the days SA used to have a num­ber of play­ers dis­play­ing their skills in Eng­land with the likes of Lu­cas Radebe, Mark Fish, Shaun Bartlett, Aaron Mokoena and Benni Mc­Carthy all fly­ing the flag of Mzansi high.

“What hap­pened to Percy just goes to show our level of foot­ball. Hav­ing said that I must men­tion that what they did in Percy does work. It is just that it hap­pened to the wrong guy as we thought he was ready for the English Pre­mier­ship.”

Zuma, mean­while, has en­cour­aged more play­ers to go to Europe if pos­si­ble. “Play­ing in Europe makes you grow as a player. In Europe you must know what you are there for. The only thing that made me go to Europe was to im­prove and then use that to my ad­van­tage back home.”

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