Star Bafana Bafana Man Percy Tau on Track to Face the Mighty World Champions France After Muscle Injury

Star Bafana Bafana Man Percy Tau on Track to Face the Mighty World Champions France After Muscle Injury

Keba Mothoagae
February 11, 2022 at 2:03 PM
  • Bafana Bafana star player Percy Tau is on track to take on France's feared midfield in the next international football window
  • The former Brighton ace, now plying his trade in Egypt for giants Al-Ahly, injured a quadricep muscle not long after joining the club last month
  • He missed out on the ongoing FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, but was reported to be in Abu Dhabi, training away from the main team

The South African men's national football team will need all the help it will get for their upcoming international friendly against 2018 FIFA World Cup winners France.

And thankfully for them, that help will come in the form of Al-Ahly wizard Percy Tau. The winger has been out of action for nearly four weeks with a quadriceps muscle injury, meaning he also missed the current FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

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Percy Tau in action for Bafana Bafana. Image source: Oliver Weiken/Getty Images
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iDiskiTimes reported that Tau's recovery in getting back to full health was going well, with him training separately from the first team in Abu Dhabi currently. He joined his new team from English Premier League club Brighton & Hove for a fee of €1.80 million.

South Africa will also take on 2012 African Cup of Nations and southern African rivals Zambia in the week that they play the French, as reported by IOL. The last time the two nations met was in October 2020 in a friendly, which Chipolopolo won 2-1 courtesy of goals by Kelvin Kampamba and Charles Zulu after Keagan Dolly had put Bafana in the lead.

Fans fearing for Bafana Bafana after announcement of international friendly against world champions France

Sports Brief previously reported on news of Bafana Bafana being locked in to take on reigning world champions France has been met with trepidation by readers.

According to the Sunday Times, coach Hugo Broos said these tough fixtures would prepare his team for future competitions down the line. As per 11v11, both nations have met in four previous fixtures, with the French winning two, South Africa winning one, and also one draw.

One Bafana 'supporter' Geswhin Molobela said:

"We all know the result. By the way, I'd like to see Mvala vs Pogba, Jali vs Kante, Blom vs Griezmann, and lastly, Big Benzema vs Njabulo Ngcobo!"
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