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Broos: Why Tau Missed The Zim Game

  • June 12, 2024
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Broos: Why Tau Missed The Zim Game

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos clarifies Percy Tau’s absence in the victory against Zimbabwe at Toyota Stadium on Tuesday, citing a muscular injury.

Tau, a key player and vice-captain for Bafana Bafana, missed the game. Oswin Appollis filled his position admirably, providing a delightful defense-splitting pass that led to Thapelo Morena’s second goal and Bafana’s third in their 3-1 win.

South African fans were critical of Tau’s performance against Nigeria the previous Friday, where he missed a significant scoring opportunity. However, Broos revealed that Tau’s participation was uncertain even before the match, and scans confirmed a muscular injury.

“Percy is injured, he was injured after the game against Nigeria,” said Broos after the game in Bloemfontein. 

“But we thought, I said it in the (pre-match on Monday) press conference, that he should be ready on Tuesday but the treatment he had the last three days didn’t help so much. 

“So, we went to the hospital to make scans, and it was discovered that there’s a muscular injury. So, he couldn’t play.”  

Despite being unfit to play, Tau’s presence on the bench and willingness to warm up demonstrated his commitment, which Broos commended.

“But, again that shows, he wanted to be on the bench, it shows how this group is, so he supported the guys on the pitch,” said Broos. 

“He’s even happier than everyone else.” 

Bafana Bafana climbed to second place in Group C of the World Cup qualifiers after four matches. They are tied on seven points with Rwanda, who beat Lesotho in a neutral venue in Durban on Tuesday. Rwanda leads the group due to the head-to-head tiebreaker rule used by CAF.

The winners of each nine-team group will qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, co-hosted by Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The World Cup qualifiers will resume in March next year.

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