Percy Tau: Al Ahly Collect Important CAF Champions League Quarter Final Away Win Against Simba

Percy Tau: Al Ahly Collect Important CAF Champions League Quarter Final Away Win Against Simba

Robert Abong'o
updated at March 29, 2024 at 11:05 PM
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  • Al Ahly beat Simba SC 1-0 in the first leg of the CAF Champions League quarter-final
  • The Egyptians scored early, with Percy Tau contributing mainly in the attacking phases
  • Bafana head coach, Hugo Broos, left Tau out of the South Africa national team squad

Percy Tau's Al Ahly secured a crucial 1-0 away win against Tanzanian outfit Simba SC in the first leg of their CAF Champions League quarter-final clash on Friday, March 29.

Staged at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, the kickoff saw an intense exchange of possession, with both teams showing early determination to gain the upper hand.

The Egyptians' defence stood firm against Simba's attacking threats, while their forwards, led by Tau, probed for opportunities to break the deadlock.

Percy Tau (centre) in action for Al Ahly aganst Simba SC in the first leg of the CAF Champions League quarter-final. Photo: Al Ahly SC.
Percy Tau featured as Al Ahly beat Simba SC 1-0 in the first leg of the CAF Champions League quarter-final. Photo: Al Ahly SC.
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The pivotal moment arrived in the fourth minute when the Red Devils capitalized on a defensive error by Simba. Ahmed Nabil Koka quickly reacted to a mishit clearance, slotting the ball past the Wekundu wa Msimbazi goalkeeper to give the visitors the lead, as reported by iDiski Times.

Despite conceding early, Abdelhak Benchikha's side refused to be disheartened and gradually grew into the game. The Tanzanians launched a series of attacks, testing the North African club's defence and coming close to equalizing on multiple occasions.

Tau, a key figure in the 11-time champions' attacking arsenal, showcased his skill and vision throughout the game, creating scoring opportunities for his teammates and causing constant headaches for the Simba defence. Despite not finding the back of the net himself, his influence on the game was undeniable, as he played a pivotal role in the team's attacking manoeuvres.

Ultimately, Al Ahly's early goal proved the decisive factor, as they managed to hold on to their slender lead until the final whistle.

Simba will need a two-goal margin victory in the second leg on April 5 at the Cairo International Stadium if they want to qualify for the semi-final, as reported by the Citizen.

What Percy Tau will earn at Al Ahly

Sports Brief reported that Tau could become the highest-paid footballer in Africa after reportedly agreeing on a new deal with Al Ahly.

With his contract set to expire in June 2025, the Egyptian side have tied him to a new deal until 2028.

The new deal will see the Bafana international salary increase exponentially.

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