From a mining town to UCL: Percy Tau's winding road to Brugge

From a mining town to UCL: Percy Tau's winding road to Brugge

- Percy Tau is set to join a select group of South Africans to have played Uefa Champions League football

- Tau grew up in the mining town of Witbank and he used soccer to help his family overcome poverty

- Bafana Bafana legend Benni McCarthy rates Tau as the best South African player

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Briefly.co.za earlier reported on Percy Tau’s heroics for Club Brugge as he inspired them to a 2-1 victory over LASK.

The victory sealed their entry into the Uefa Champions League (UCL) group stages and is another feather in Tau’s cap.

Tau is currently trending on social media as South Africans heap praise on one of their soccer heroes and Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy also had his say.

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McCarthy told ESPN: "At this moment in time, I think Percy Tau is the best player we have in the country."

McCarthy added, "So, for me, I'm a big Percy Tau fan. He has an incredible future ahead of him.”

ESPN reported that Tau’s former teammate at Mamelodi Sundowns, Teko Modise, shares this sentiment and explained that Tau’s talent was undeniable as soon as he joined the Brazilians.

Modise said, "When Percy arrived as youngster, we could all see the talent that he had from the get-go."

Modise recalled how Tau showed determination to learn and grow as a player.

In 2008 and 2009, Modise was crowned as South Africa’s footballer of the year and Tau emulated his role model when he won the award in 2018.

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However, Briefly.co.za understands that Tau came from humble beginnings and soccer became an outlet for him and his family.

Growing up in the mining town of Witbank, Tau was drawn to football at an early age.

He still plays the game with the same passion and enthusiasm, but the progression in his game is undeniable.

The Bafana Bafana forward works hard outside of football as well. While with Sundowns, Tau often studied while travelling to and from matches.

The sacrifice paid off as he was rewarded with his B.Com degree from the University of South Africa.

McCarthy has no doubt about Tau’s potential and his ability to take his game to even greater heights.

He said, "I will put my head on the block, Percy will be unbelievable, incredible, when he gets to England."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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