Percy Tau: South African Set to Become the Highest Paid African Based Player

Percy Tau: South African Set to Become the Highest Paid African Based Player

Chukwu Ikechukwu
April 19, 2024 at 1:27 PM
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  • Percy Tau is one of the richest footballers playing in the African continent
  • The South African star presently plays for Egyptian league giants, Al Ahly
  • Tau has won the CAF Champions League titles twice in his time with them

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South African footballer, Percy Tau, is set to become the highest-earning player on the African continent when he pens a new contract with Egyptian giants, Al Ahly.

The Bafana Bafana star has become a key member of the Egyptian club since arriving in Cairo in 2021, playing a pivotal role in their CAF Champions League success in 2023.

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The highest-earning Africa-based player, Percy Tau, led South Africa to a bronze medal at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast. Photo by Sia Kambou.
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According to GOAL, Tau’s proposed new three-year contract could see him pocket $5 million over the next three seasons, which is made up of yearly salaries of $1.2mil.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns forward will receive $1.3mil in the first year, $1.4mil in the second year, and $1.6mil in the third year thanks to his new contract with Al Ahly.

Tau has won one Egyptian Premier League title, three Egyptian Super Cups, one CAF Super Cup, one Egypt FA Cup, and one CAF Champions League with Al Ahly since joining the club in 2021.

Tau declared fit for CAF CL semis

Meanwhile, Tau has been declared fit and available for Al Ahly ahead of their crucial CAF Champions League semi-final clash against DR Congo’s TP Mazembe on Saturday, Ahram Online reports.

The South African had been absent from the Red Devils' recent continental and domestic matches due to an ankle injury he picked up but has finally been declared fit for the semi-finals.

Al Ahly, who are bidding to extend their record of CAF Champions League titles to 12, will face TP Mazembe in the first leg in Lubumbashi, with the second leg scheduled to take place at home one week later.

Broos talks about Tau’s absence

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Hugo Broos explaining the controversial decision to leave Tau out of the South Africa squad for their friendlies against Andorra and Algeria.

The Bafana Bafana coach said the forward’s omission was due to his mental state after the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament, where he was heavily criticised.

While announcing the 23-man South Africa squad on March 11, Broos expressed concerns about the Al Ahly star’s well-being after the showpiece tournament in Abidjan.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..