There are few people better positioned than former Bafana Bafana midfielder Masilo Modubi to give advice to Percy Tau on what to do next when his loan deal in Belgium expires.
Modubi was signed by Chelsea in 2003 after impressing during a SAFA/Transnet School of Excellence tour of Ireland in the MILK Cup.
Together with his fellow South Africans Boy-Boy Mosia and Jeffery Ntuka (who are now late, may their souls rest in peace), he was loaned to Belgian side Westerlo in order to develop while playing regular first team football.
Unfortunately the trio never got an opportunity to play in the Blues first team as they had not earned enough national team caps to earn work permits or stayed in Belgium long enough to gain residency papers.
Tau, who was on loan at Club Brugge this past season from Brighton & Hove Albion, faces an uncertain future when he returns to his parent club.
“Look times have changed. These days you can’t put pause to players if they want to move to big leagues, when they see players who are 16 or 17 playing at Chelsea or Liverpool they also feel they can do it. I am not the one to say he should stay one more season but I would love him to be fearless and go for what he feel is best for him…Gone are the days were people say ‘his young he needs time’” Modubi told FARPost.
“I think he has the qualities and his smart. I am not saying he will make it but I would love him to give it a try and let us see what will unfold. Everything depends on your performance” said the former Transnet School of Excellence graduate.
Tau became the second South African to win the Belgian League title after Anele Ngcongca who won in with Genk in 2011.
“Tau was player of the year (at Proximus League) before he came to Brugge so people were already talking about him before he went to Brugge. What made he special to the fans was his first match (against Sint-Truiden). He was amazing, I saw the whole game and everyone was impressed. He is a very Special player I have to say” added the former Ria Stars Juniors player who now resides in Mol, Belgium.
“I am very proud of him. I know coming to Europe at that age is tough to adjust as we have seen in the past with players coming from South Africa. I have to say he adapted very well and very quick because it is not an easy thing to do. Maybe it shows that his in a different class” said Modubi who spent 8 years at Westerlo.
Modubi who has a UEFA A Coaching License is currently assistant coach at Belgian 3rd division side Beringen.
The 35-year-old tells this publication that he will be returning to coach his former club Leopoldsburg who have requested him to come back and following their relegation from their provincial League this season.
By Ofhani Munyai