Dumisani Tau (left) in action for Real Kings last season. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

DURBAN – Percy Tau was a prominent figure for Mamelodi Sundowns last season.

And he will dazzle the masses in Europe with his individual brilliance, but this is not the end of the Tau surname in local football.

Percy made a big European move last week by signing for English Premier League outfit Brighton and Hove Albion.

He penned a four-year deal worth a staggering R50 million, but local football followers are in for another exciting talent in Percy’s brother, Dumisani Tau.

Dumisani is currently on the books of Royal Eagles in the National First Division (NFD). Like his younger brother, Dumisani is also full of pace, trickery and short in stature. He is operating as left winger or a right winger.

Speaking with Independent Media at Wema Stadium in Durban, Dumisani didn’t want to say much about his brother’s big European move, but did mention that he is inspired by Percy.

“Obviously it has to be an inspiration seeing my brother moving abroad. This is a huge motivation for me, but I don’t want to say much about it. This is not a right moment for me to talk about Percy,” Dumisani explained.

Percy was once loaned out to Witbank Spurs in the NFD before returning to Sundowns.

Dumisani is also very eager to move from the NFD to top-flight football.

“I want to win the league with Royal Eagles. I want to see myself playing in the PSL next season. Coach Roger Sikhakhane has established a very good team.

“We won’t be fighting for relegation this season. The team spirit is very high. Our coach is very smart coach.

“He knows the NFD very well. He won it with Thanda Royal Zulu two seasons ago,” a determined Dumisani elaborated.

He is currently 30-years-old, but the ability is still there. Dumisani is not left-footed like his brother, but his right foot boasts some magic.

As a late bloomer, he is determined to help Eagles clinch the NFD title. “We have a very strong team. We have a good bunch of hungry boys.

“We have a very committed group. They know the feeling of not being in the PSL. We are very positive that we will do well this season,” Dumisani said.

Eagles will be looking to defend their KwaZulu-Natal Premier’s Cup triumph this weekend. They are pitted against Richards Bay FC in the quarter-final of the competition.

They will lock horns on Saturday at 1pm at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu. Should they emerge victorious, they will face the winners of the clash between Lamontville Golden Arrows and Maritzburg United in the second semi-final on Sunday at 11.30am.

“The Premier’s Cup can mislead you. You go out there and win the competition, and the next thing, you think you’ve arrived.

“Come the NFD games, you are battling. We will give our best. We will give our best and try and defend the cup,” Dumisani concluded.



The Mercury

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