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Tau Comments On New Bafana Coach Broos

Percy Tau has given his views on new Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos as well as his first squad after several older players were snubbed by the Belgian tactician.

The Brighton & Hove Albion winger is one of the main pillars of the national team and returned to South Africa to prepare for the upcoming friendly against Uganda. 

The 27-year-old, who said he will fight for his place at Brighton & Hove Albion next season, has now spoken about the new Bafana coach for a first time, saying he is looking forward to work with the 2017 AFCON winner.

“It is as always an honor to represent the country, even though we didn’t have the successes that would have loved,” Tau said at a promotional even organised by Hyundai and attended by iDiski Times senior writer Velile Mnyandu.

“You can see we have a new coach not as easy as people look at it. It’s also difficult. And when you don’t win games, when you don’t qualify we we make it worse. 

“But anyhow, we are positive that we’ll get better and try to qualify for the World Cup.

“I haven’t spoken much of the head coach. We all have seen him at Cameroon he won AFCON and we are looking forward to work with him, to see what he does and I’ll be ready to work with him.”

Tau also addressed the changes within the Bafana squad, saying he will miss some of the older players that were not selected.

“There is always talk when there is a new coach or things didn’t go well that they will change the squad,” he added.

“The older ones are always the ones that get chopped. I think it’s the coach’s decision. It is different, because they are guys I have been with in the national team for many years. 

“And now just to change it and bring someone new, it’s going to take some time. It is good to have this friendly to spend some time together before the World Cup qualifiers. 

“But it is always difficult. I’m also 27… We’ll look what the new coach wants us to do, how he wants us to pay and we hope that we will be better.”

Bafana will face Uganda on 10 June at Orlando Stadium, while Tau is also expected to be one of David Notoane’s three over-aged players for the Olympics squad.