Bafana Bafana forward Percy Tau admits he’s relieved after rectifying his penalty miss against Mali as they target to win Group E in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
After missing the penalty in the 2-0 loss to Mali, which proved to be a crucial moment in the game – Tau stepped up to open the scoring in the 14th minute as they thrashed Namibia 4-0 for their biggest win in AFCON history.
The Al Ahly star shed some insight into what transpired with his teammates after the game as he showed the confidence to step up after the opening-day disappointment in the competition.
“They were disappointed because they thought I was going to score, so it was not nice, they gave me the responsibility,” he said.
“When I missed, it was like; ‘ah you could have scored that one’ – it could have changed the game, but they understand these things happen, it’s football.
“I’ve been playing for my country for some time now, I feel like I’ve given so much more than the missed penalty. I didn’t think twice about taking this penalty, it’s nice also to be able to rectify the mistakes.”
With the group up for grabs now as South Africa moved up to second place with three points and a positive goal difference of two, the reigning CAF inter-club Player of the Year stated the win won’t see them get ahead of themselves but they are in a great position to achieve it.
“We’ll try and give everything, we’ll try, I don’t think this win gives us the feeling to be over the moon or to feel that we are doing great, we’re still grounded,” Tau explained..
“We’ll try to do everything in the last game because we know it can go either way – so we don’t want to be on the out with the last game so we’ll try and give everything and hopefully we win, play good football, take our chances to score, don’t concede, it will be nice [to keep another cleansheet].”