Percy Tau will still report for international duty with Bafana Bafana despite picking up an ankle knock while on club duty for Club Brugge in Belgium.
Bafana Bafana team doctor Thulani Ngwenya confirmed that the star man was dounbtful for the clash against Mali but said that Tau would be assessed once he arrived.
Tau injured just before Bafana Bafana duty
Tau had to be withdrawn from Brugge‘s 4-0 win over KAA Genk in the Belgian Pro League on Sunday after sustaining a knock to his ankle.
The niggle has put Tau’s participation in Bafana Bafana’s Nelson Mandela Challenge international friendly match against Mali at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday.
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Ngwenya revealed that Tau’s Belgian club have not withdrawn the forward from participation in the international window. Tau is believed to have arrived in South Africa late last night.
“From his team [Brugge]‚ they didn’t flag up anything. He’ still coming to camp. We are going to assess him and then we’ll make a final call‚’’ said Ngwenya on a visit to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital on Monday.
“He’ll be arriving later today [Monday] if all goes well‚ but latest will be tomorrow morning.’’
The walking wounded
Bafana doctor Ngwenya has had his hands full with a number of players arriving for international duty injured. Cape Town City captain Thami Mkhize and Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Brandon Petersen have already been withdrawn while Kaizer Chiefs defender Eric Matoho and Supersport United Midfielder Dean Furman are also in doubt.
“Apart from the two (Mkhize and Petersen) who have been replaced by Bloemfontein Celtic’s Tsepo Rikhotso and Ricardo Goss of Bidvest Wits respectively‚ now we’ve got Bongani (Zungu) who has had a deep laceration on his left leg. We just need to open it and make a call as whether we are keeping him.’’
“The other one is Tower [Eric Mathoho]. He has an ankle injury we will manage and see. A person who is a little bit of a concern is Dean Furman‚ who’s had a knee injury for a week or so‚’’ said Ngwenya.
“I saw he (Furman) played (in the MTN8 final against Highlands Park on Saturday), but he might have really pushed himself.’’
“The other player who has a niggling ankle injury is Themba Zwane. I am also waiting to see Ronwen (Williams) to make a final assessment because he has a problem with his right shoulder.”
Bafana Bafana will face Mali in Port Elizabeth on Sunday with kick off at 15:00.