JOHANNESBURG - Mamelodi Sundowns’ legend Daniel ‘Mambush’ Mudau has tipped talisman Percy Tau to shine when the Brazilians tackle La Liga giants Barcelona on Wednesday night at FNB Stadium (kick-off at 6:15 pm).
The match will commemorate the what would have been president Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday, and the Brazilians’ chairman Dr Patrice Motsepe is believed to have spent millions of rands to see his club host the Catalan Giants.
Tau has already had a memorable campaign in domestic football after inspiring the Chloorkop-based team to their eighth Absa Premiership title. As a result, he’s in the driving-seat for the footballer of the year gong. Hence, all eyes will be on him when he competes against the world’s best players such as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez.
“Tau will not only be representing Sundowns but the entirety of South Africa football (against Barcelona),’’ Mudau said. “The boy is unique and he is just another kind of human.
"Even coach Pitso (Mosimane) has recently come out to say that Percy (Tau) is from another place. He just need a few touch-ups, there and there and I have no doubt he’ll be the greatest player in South Africa football.’’
Tickets were already sold out beforee lunch on Tuesday, thus adding to the high anticipation of the encounter. ‘Mambush’ has urged the sports fraternity to follow required regulations as they make their way into the arena.
“Everyone wants to go and watch the game, but it is unfortunate that the stadium only takes a limited number (94 736 to be precise),’’ he said while speaking at the Soweto Gold Football tournament launch at Nike Football Training Centre on Tuesday.
“If people do not have tickets, they shouldn’t even come closer to the stadium. To those who do not have parking tickets, they’ll be trains that will be provided to the stadium. People must go there, enjoy and hopefully Sundowns will at least win by 1-0, then we can celebrate.’’
With Khama Billiat on his way of out of the club and Tau likely to ply his trade in Europe next season, the 49-year old is confident that Mosimane will not run out of suitable replacements.
“Mosimane has got an eye when it comes to replacements,’’ Mudau said. “He’ll scout a player until he’s satisfied by what he sees. We will have replacements for both players if they move.’’