JOHANNESBURG – Ahead of a tournament that’s arguably every African footballer’s dream to reach, Percy Tau cut his usual relaxed figure at Steyn City School in Fourways, just before Bafana Bafana's second training session yesterday.
Having conquered Europe and Africa domestically, Tau will make his first appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations which will be held from June 21 - July 19 in Egypt.
He is fresh from his first overseas season where he played for Belgian second-tier team Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, on loan from English side Brighton & Hove Albion. Tau bagged the Proximus (Premiership) Footballer of the Season award.
Before that Tau inspired Mamelodi Sundowns to a record eighth Premiership title, while he claimed the Premiership Footballer of the Season award. That was a season after winning the Caf Champions League.
“I think it’s (the Afcon) huge for everybody. But luckily enough for me it comes at 25 years of age,” Tau said. “It will be my first time (in the tournament) and the other guys as well, so it’s good for the national team. We are able to go there and win it.”