Bafana coach Hugo Broos urges Percy Tau to leave Brighton for more game time

Percy Tau returned to Brighton in January after more than two years on loan, but only saw three matches of action for the rest of the Premier League season. Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

South Africa men's national team coach Hugo Broos has advised Brighton and Hove striker Percy Tau to find a new club, in order to get more time on the pitch.

Tau signed for the Seagulls nearly three years ago but has seen minimal game time for them. For much of his time under their employ, he played in Belgium on loan at various clubs due to work permit issues.

Then, after being recalled to England in January 2021 after excellent efforts in the Jupiler League, he spent the bulk of the rest of the Premier League season on the bench.

Tau made only three Premier League appearances after he returned to Brighton, and it is speculated that he is on the brink of signing with Al Ahly, where his former Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is the boss.

So while Broos has named the forward in his squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers, he has warned that he wants his players on the pitch rather than the sidelines, especially those in Europe.

Broos told the media on Thursday: "Percy Tau, I hope, I hope he can leave Brighton and that he can go to a (new) club.

"There is talk about Egypt, Pitso [Mosimane] who is in Al Ahly; it should be a very good thing for him because there he has a coach who knows him."

He added: "I hope that the players who are in Europe are playing.

"There are already a few players who changed clubs. Hopefully, for them, it's a good thing and that in their new clubs they can play more.

"I heard the critics already in May when I came here, [asking], 'Why are the players in Europe not selected'.

"I hope that will change and that we can really select players who are playing most of the games in their clubs."

Bafana Bafana will face Zimbabwe in Harare on Sept. 3, and Ghana in Johannesburg on Sept. 6.



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