We must qualify for Afcon – Percy Tau

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Bafana Bafana striker Percy Tau has vowed to the nation that the national team will qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Speaking to Safa’s official website, the Brighton and Hove Albion attacker said he is aware of the difficult task ahead, but he is confident that they will grind the needed results in the upcoming games against Ghana and Sudan.

South Africa, who are second in Group C behind Ghana on head-to-head count, take on the Black Stars at FNB Stadium on Thursday evening with the winner of this match almost assured of one of the two tickets to Cameroon.

Both teams have nine points each, while third-placed Sudan has six and Sao Tome are rooted at the bottom with no point.

“We all know if one loses and another one wins, the winner gains an advantage to go to Afcon, but I am confident that we will work hard and we should get the all-important result. We also want to use the home ground advantage we have over Ghana and do better than we did against them in the away game.

‘’We watched the videos of that game in which we lost 2-0 and saw what we did wrong. We hope we are in a very good frame of mind and that we will do well. We have been in these situations so many times and our main focus is just go there, do well and qualify for Afcon.”

Tau is one of South Africa’s best players at the moment and the pressure has always been put on him to deliver for the country. The forward emphasized that the whole team needs to work together to achieve the main goal.

‘’No, no, I believe whatever we intend to achieve, we must do it as a collective. When I am given the responsibility, I share it with my teammates, we all share responsibilities to try and help the team to qualify. We share the pressure as a team, but as I said, the ultimate prize is qualification.”

In recent weeks, South African fans have given a lot of support for the former Mamelodi Sundowns star which has put him in the spotlight in England. He said its overwhelming to receive such love from home.

‘’I appreciate their support and must continue to do so with love. I would also want everyone to be safe out there during this pandemic, take measures to stay safe and remain healthy. These are the people who make us who we are and I really appreciate their love and I am glad my work has always made them proud.”

The match on Thursday kicks off at 18h00 (SA time) and it’s live on SABC 3.

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