Proudly SA: 10 Mzansi footballers who played in UEFA Europa League

Proudly SA: 10 Mzansi footballers who played in UEFA Europa League

Percy Tau will have the opportunity to make a name for himself in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday when Club Brugge face Manchester United. With this in mind, we relive other top local footballers who achieved the same feat.

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Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau is arguably the most popular man in Mzansi football at the moment.

The forward already has an outstanding reputation and boosted this even further following his exploits in the UEFA Champions League this season.

One of Tau's former mentors, Luka Elsner, lauded his ability and revealed the hard work he puts into his game.

However, Tau will now have the opportunity to make his mark in another European continental cup - the UEFA Europa League.

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Belgian sides haven't been reluctant to give South Africans a chance, as Anele Ngcongca discovered through his time at KRC Genk.

The late, great John 'shoes' Moshoeu featured in the Europa League years ago during his time in Turkish football.

However, former FC Porto legend Benni McCarthy is the most prominent of South Africans on the list.

The former Bafana striker racked up 39 matches, which was split between Ajax Amsterdam, Celta Vigo and Blackburn Rovers, recalled.

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Former Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar also made a name for himself in the tournament while playing for the Toffees.

The Greek league may not be the strongest in Europe, but through Panathinaikos, Nasief Morris was able to accrue 18 appearances.

One of Mzansi's greatest international exports Lucas Radebe represented Leeds United in the UEFA Cup, as it was formerly known.

Radebe's international teammate and prolific striker Shaun Bartlett earned his Europa experience through FC Zurich.

Mzansi's Scandinavian connection didn't end there as Sibusiso Zuma made his mark through Danish side FC Copenhagen.

Of the current crop playing in South Africa, Bernard Parker previously featured in the cup with Dutch side FC Twente.

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