- Bafana Bafana striker Percy Tau unpacks how his club and the national team reached an agreement for him to return home
- Tau says he will happy to help the team qualify for the Afcon tournament in Cameroon next year
- On top of that, the England-based forward explains he will have to quarantine for 10 days upon his return to England
Bafana Bafana striker Percy Tau says communication between his club Brighton & Hove Albion was key as he managed to honour the call-up.
Despite not playing regular football in the English Premier League, Tau is the only overseas-based player who has returned home for the clash against Ghana and Sudan.
Coach Molefi Ntseki and his troops sit second with nine points in Group C behind the Black Stars of Ghana; the two African giants are separated on goal difference.
A victory for the 1996 African champions will put them at an advantage to secure a ticket to the continental showpiece to be staged in Cameroon early next year. Tau said as quoted by News24:
“These games are important and we're all aware of that. The communication between the national team and Brighton was successful and I could come.
“For other teams, it was difficult for other players to come, but for me, an agreement has been reached even though I must still go to quarantine for 10 days. I'm happy I got this opportunity though.
“I always want to play for the national team. That's the drive I have and if I have an opportunity to fight for that position then I'll always do so."
Coming back to their mission against Ghana, the 26-year-old says they have to book a place at the continental tournament next year, saying he will be happy if they do so. He added:
“I also understand the importance of this game and it'll be great if we qualify for consecutive Afcon tournaments. It's an opportunity for me to get game time and the importance of these games. They're the last two and they are very important.
“I've been training and I've been OK, even though I haven't had a lot of game time. It's not like I've been injured. I have been putting a fair bit of work.”
Taking a look at the West Africans, they are also expected to bring in a different team as they have struggled to organise their overseas-based players for this tie.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that Bafana fans have been divided on the arrival of the former Mamelodi Sundowns' attacker.
Some followers challenged coach Ntseki's selection criteria while others advised the Witbank-born player to consider a return home and dump the English outfit.
'The Lion of Judah', as Tau is known, has always given his all for the national side and will be expected to spearhead their attack against Ghana on Thursday at 6pm.
Following the clash against Ghana at home, Bafana will head to their final group match against the Sudanese on Sunday.
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