McCarthy is the all-time leading goalscorer for Bafana with 31 goals and Bartlett is second on the list of the players with the most strikes for the South African senior national team.
The duo won the Golden Boot gong at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in 1998 and 2000 respectively. McCarthy shared the Golden Boot award with Egyptian legend, Hossam Hassan, in Burkina Faso after they finished the tournament tied on seven goals.
Tau can replicate the performances of McCarthy and Bartlett in this year’s edition of Afcon, which started in Egypt on Friday night. The Witbank-born former Mamelodi Sundowns hit man loves performing on big stages. Tau thrives under difficult circumstances.
All eyes will be on him to deliver the goods for Bafana as they aim to advance to the knockout stages of the competition.