Brighton & Hove Albion and Bafana Bafana forward Percy Tau says he is confident they can get the all-important results that will see South Africa qualify for the CAF Africa Cup Of Nations finals.
Bafana play Ghana at the FNB Stadium on Thursday, before traveling to take on Sudan on Sunday in the final qualification game. Bafana are second in the group, behind Ghana. Both teams have 9 points. Sudan are third on 6 points.
Tau, who joined up with the national team on Monday, says they are confident they can use home ground advantage against Ghana and get a result.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns star is currently tied in second place with nine other players in the goal-scoring charts for these qualifiers. He has scored three so far. Victor Osimhen of Nigeria is top of the charts with four goals.
“We all know if one loses and another one wins, the winner gains an advantage to go to AFCON,” Tau told SAFA media.
“But I am confident that we will work hard and we should get the all-important result. We also want to use the home ground advantage we have over Ghana and do better than we did against them in the away game.”
‘’We watched the videos of that game in which we lost 2-0 and saw what we did wrong. We hope we are in a very good frame of mind and that we will do well.”
“We have been in these situations so many times and our main focus is just go there, do well and qualify for AFCON.”
Tau says he does not feel like he is under pressure personally to do the business.
“No, no, I believe whatever we intend to achieve, we must do it as a collective. When I am given the responsibility, I share it with my teammates, we all share responsibilities to try and help the team to qualify. We share the pressure as a team but as I said, the ultimate prize is qualification.”
Tau also says thank-you to all the supporters who have been following him at Brighton.
“I appreciate their support and must continue to do so with love. I would also want everyone to be safe out there during this pandemic, take measures to stay safe and remain healthy. These are the people who make us who we are and I really appreciate their love and I am glad my work has always made them proud.”