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Pitso Defends Tau, Foster Amid Criticism

Pitso Mosimane says criticism over Percy Tau and Lyle Foster is unwarranted as they are among the best players South Africa currently has.

Tau has come under major scrutiny for his performances with Bafana Bafana of late, starting from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations and Hugo Broos pulled him out of the FIFA Series games against Andorra and Algeria to shield him.

He’s since returned, along with Foster, who has equally been hammered by fans and certain sections of the media over not honouring his call-up for AFCON whilst he was publically struggling with mental health issues, which saw him miss over a month of action in the Premier League with Burnley.

“Who has the medals that Percy has? So what is this talk of criticising him? How do you criticise someone that nobody [in South Africa] can match him? How do we criticise that? Someone must say I’ve been to the FIFA Club World Cup three times, like Percy,” Mosimane told iDiski Times amid criticism around the Bafana star.

Lyle Foster of South Africa during the 2023 International Football Friendly between Ivory Coast and South Africa at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on 17 October 2023 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Mosimane also referred to the noise around his decision to lure Tau to Egypt whilst he was struggling to break into the starting line-up of Brighton and Hove Albion, he questioned why there’s criticism around a player who’s arguably now one of the most decorated in South African football history?

“Who [can compete with Percy for accolades]? I have a bronze medal? Show us! Being the third-best team in the world, show us that, win the Champions League, and go to three Champions League finals in a row,” he stated.

“I mean how do you criticise our best player? Everyone is being criticised, Lyle Foster, they criticise him, Pienaar was my captain [in Bafana] they criticised him, Benni was criticised.

“So anyway, there’s criticism everywhere so you have to do something [about it to silence the noise]. If you don’t do anything, they will still criticise you for doing nothing.”

Foster and Tau are in the Bafana squad that drew 1-1 with Nigeria in Uyo and are set to face Zimbabwe in Bloemfontein on Tuesday afternoon in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

You can catch out full exclusive with three-time CAF Champions League winning coach Pitso Mosimane in our online iDiski Times newspaper later this month.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.