Tiyani Mabunda of Mamelodi Sundowns would like for South Africans to keep Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau in their prayers.
No, there is absolutely nothing wrong with Tau, who currently plays for Club Brugge in Belgium.
But Mabunda, like all South Africans, is delighted to see Tau featuring on the big stage, the UEFA Champions League, and would like for his former Downs teammate to continue flying the SA flag high in Europe.
“We really need to support him as a nation. It doesn’t really matter if you are for which team, but he’s no longer playing for Mamelodi Sundowns,” Mabunda told the media earlier today at Chloorkop, which is Sundowns’ base in Midrand, Johannesburg.
“My call is for all South Africans to keep him (Percy Tau) in your prayers for protection from injuries so that he can continue to do us proud, and to make sure that every South African can have a smile whenever you see him on the field of play.”
Tau has progressed over the last few years from SA’s National First Division (now called GladAfrica Championship) to Europe’s premium club competition.
He’s now on loan at Club Brugge from English Premiership club Brighton and Mabunda is impressed with Tau’s progress.
“It doesn’t matter what the stage is – it’s about portraying the lion in him,” continued Mabunda, who shares a close relationship with Tau.
“It shows that he’s the Tau that we know and he’s showing it at the highest stage.
“He’s done it here at Mamelodi Sundowns and I can see he’s doing the same for Club Brugge.
“It’s unfortunate that during the week Club Brugge lost by a large amount (of goals), but you could see that he’s fearless,” said Mabunda, referring to Brugge’s 5-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on Tuesday.
“He doesn’t really care who’s playing against him. All he knows and wants to do is to make sure that they know that there’s a Percy Tau that has arrived on the scene.
“I’m looking forward to see him competing against the best in the world and to be able to get honours all over the world, like he’s done already winning the Footballer of the Year (award) in Belgium (last year when he was at Saint Gilloise).
Tau was named the Proximus League Player of the Year in Belgium’s second tier last season.
“It shows a lot about our league that you can be Footballer of the Season and go abroad and do the same that side.
“It shows that we are capable of competing against the best,” added Mabunda, who’s a staunch supporter of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s church Enlightened Christian Gathering.
Club Brugge’s next UEFA Champions League match is away to PSG on Wednesday, November 6.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa