It has been over two years since Witbank-born striker Percy Muzi Tau moved to Europe to join English Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion, but he is yet to wear the green, white and blue colours of the ‘Seagulls’.
This is due to strict work permit restrictions that have kept him out on loan in Belgium where he is in his third loan spell since leaving South Africa.
Before Tau left South Africa there were a lot of challenges with many clubs interested in his services, but struggling to meet Mamelodi Sundowns’s asking price for the former Absa Premiership Player of the Season.
Tau has since expressed gratitude to the English club for giving him the opportunity to pursue his dreams of playing abroad and testing himself amongst some of the best players in the world.
“Firstly I would like to say that I would be very proud to finally play in the Premier League. People from my country are always looking out for players who compete in the big divisions across the world. We give hope to the next generation of players in South Africa, it helps them to have something to aim towards,” said Tau.
Over the years there have been a few South African players who have played in England’s top flight with the likes of Steven Pienaar, Benni McCarthy, Aaron Mokoena, Lucas Radebe, Mark Fish, Shaun Bartlett and a few more having all represented South Africa at the highest level in world football and Tau feels it would be an honour to be mentioned amongst such elite names.
“I would be very proud if I could be one of those players. I am just grateful that Brighton were able to sign me from South Africa. I will always be proud of that moment and cherish them for giving me the opportunity to come to Europe,” he concluded.
After helping Bafana Bafana secure all six points against a stubborn Sao Tome ePrincipe side in the 2021 AFCON qualifiers the Bafana Bafana star will now shift focus to his loan club RSC Anderlecht where he has been blossoming under coach Vincent Kompany.
Anderlecht travel to Beerschot on Sunday afternoon and the former Mamelodi Sundowns attacker will be looking to continue his form which has yielded him four league goals so far in the 2020/21 campaign.
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