Percy Tau created history by becoming the first South African player to win the CAF Champions League trophy twice. In front of 65 000 spectators last Sunday evening at the Stade Mohammed V Stadium, Al Ahly and Wydad Casablanca drew 1-1. Al Ahly, the team for whom Tau plays, triumphed since they defeated their opponent 2-1 in Cairo during the first week of this month’s first leg. After the final game, Tau made football history after becoming a key player in his team’s quest to reclaim its former glories on the African continent.
In 2016, while playing with Mamelodi Sundowns under Pitso Mosimane, he won his first Champions League trophy. After Yahia Attiyat Allah gave Wydad the lead, Tau’s squad did a fantastic job by getting the equalizer through Mohamed Abdelmonem. Due to its performance, the Egyptian club now has 11 CAF Champions League titles. Al Ahly is a team known around the world for amassing trophies and has more trophies than any other African team. The champions returned to Egypt with the trophy and a $4 million cash prize.
South African football fans who have been following Al Ahly since the day Mosimane took over as their coach a few years ago are quite complimentary of Percy Tau. Many assumed Tau would leave Egypt after Mosimane was fired for failing to win the CAF Champions League because there were many who also wanted him to leave.
Tau remained and is heavily utilised by the present coach. In preparation for the Africa Cup of Nations, which will take place early next year, Tau is anticipated to be the main striker when Bafana Bafana face Morocco in the qualifiers. As he gets ready to face Morocco, who shown exactly how dangerous they are at last year’s World Cup in Qatar, Hugo Broos will rely on Tau’s talent and his experience.