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Tau: I’m More Confident At Ahly

Bafana Bafana vice-captain Percy Tau says he’s more confident since his move to Al Ahly and opened up on missing the last squad selection.

The South Africa national team attacking talisman has returned to the fold for the final Group G World Cup qualifiers against Zimbabwe and Ghana after missing the back-to-back Ethiopia clashes last month.

His fitness was the reason for his previous exclusion but he admits after scoring a brace on his debut for the club and featuring in the 5-3 Cairo Derby victory – he’s returned with more confidence that during his difficult spell with Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion.

“It’s always good to score on your debut, it takes away the pressure and it’s something that I’ve always done in my career. In Belgium I scored on every debut, it just didn’t happen in England,” he said ahead of the game against the Warriors at FNB Stadium.

“It takes off all the talk and puts you in a better space, even with your teammates, they then get to understand that you can also contribute to the team. I’m confident with myself now that I’m playing. I feel different now.”

On Broos decision to leave him out of the previous squad, he revealed he said he had no qualms and always remained confident his teammates could do the job.

“I think it was a situation everyone had to understand, I was not fit, I was injured and I could not be selfish and I always have a belief that my teammates can do the job. I believe everyone is important,” he explained.

“Even when we miss one player we can still play and win against Ethiopia, that was my belief and the guys did that. I was okay and watching the game, I was proud of the work they did.”

Bafana take on the Warriors at FNB Stadium at 21h00 while fellow Group G contenders Ghana face Ethiopia at Orlando Stadium six hours prior.

*You can watch snippets of the Bafana Bafana press conference and training in the video above.

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