Reigning African champion Pitso Mosimane says time is running out for Al Ahly target Percy Tau.
Mosimane, whose Egyptian giants are in pursuit of the South African international, is of the view that time is not on Tau’s side since Brighton & Hove Albion forward is not far from retirement age.
Tau, 27, has not set the scene alight since moving to Europe and the man who knows the left footed genius the most believes Egypt can be a perfect platform for the Bafana Bafana star to live up to his potential.
“Percy has been in Europe and this is his fourth year. And let’s be honest we haven’t seen Percy play. We’ve seen Percy play football in Belgium. Belgian teams, le ka South Africa re ka ba leka bafethu (South African teams can go toe to toe with Belgian teams). Ahly, we went toe to toe with Bayern (Munich) and Bayern spends 75 minutes before they score a goal against Al Ahly. It means we are a credible team,” Mosimane told South African rapper Cassper Nyovest during an Instagram Live Conversation on Monday afternoon.
“Percy hasn’t played football. Percy is (27) now. Do you want Percy to retire without playing football? And then we have the tag of EPL. ‘He’s playing in the EPL’ but he’s not playing in the EPL. They keep loaning him out.”
Tau, who played arguably his best football under Mosimane during their days at Chloorkop, is yet to make the grade on the European stage. The three times CAF Champions League winner feels The Lion of Judah can still show what he is capable of while strutting his stuff on the African continent with the ten times CAF Champions League winners.
“Percy has to decide whether he’s gonna retire without playing football… for me the last time he played football, he was at Mamelodi Sundowns and I was with him. That was the last time Percy played football. Otherwise Percy hasn’t played football. He has to decide if he wants to play football…. but first he must look after the finances,” said the multi-championship winning coach.
“He can be the king of the jungle, the king of the continent. And he’s happy to show people what he is capable of. He is not showing people what he’s capable of. He is about to retire. People like to say but he’s downgrading. He is not playing where he is. You get what I am trying to say. So do your thing… For me, I would like Percy to come here. Any coach would want Percy to come here and play in Africa. Let him come and play (FIFA) Club World Cup against Bayern. Let him dribble Bayern. Percy is a showman. He is like Messi.”
He’s got so much to show you every week. So let’s give him a chance to show. Yes I would like to sign Percy if Brighton agrees to sell Percy and we can pay Percy . . . first we must pay Percy. If we can pay him, Percy must come and show.”
By Hosea Ramphekwa