Percy Tau gave Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly the lead in their CAF Champions League first leg semi-final on Saturday, and backed that up with another goal in a 4-0 thrashing of ES Setif.
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Tau has battled with injuries and some inconsistent form over the last season, but he is one of the most important members of the Al Ahly squad under Pitso Mosimane.
The 27-year-old has been with the Egyptian powerhouse club since 2021, but has previously been part of the club setups at Brighton, Begian side Union SG, Club Brugge and Anderlecht.
According to Phakaaathi, there are European teams who have once again expressed an interest in his services.
“They have been following him and they may have been put off when he chose to go back to Africa after things didn’t go well for him at Brighton & Hove Albion. But they can see that he has not let the standard down and their interest in him has been renewed. I am not sure if they have already spoken to Al Ahly about him but if not, I think it will be happening soon enough,” said the source.
Tau was restored to the starting XI and repaid Mosimane’s faith in him with a 30th-minute header to give the Egyptian giants a crucial lead at home against their Algerian opponents ES Setif just days ago.
After a lengthy goal drought, the Bafana Bafana star scored a second goal later in the game and created one as the Team of the Century claimed a 4-0 win over the Algerians, and he drew high praise from Mosimane, who wouldn’t want to lose his services.
“We need to be patient; after his [Tau] goal drought, he scored in an important game in the semi-final of the Caf Champions League,” Mosimane told the media.
“I know that we have a problem in finishing our chances but we need to be calm about it and I am happy that we managed to score four goals.
“ES Setif are a strong team and they had chances to score, but the sending off certainly helped us and we capitalised on it but this is football.
“When you create a lot of chances, you know you’re on the right track, even if you’re not scoring enough goals. Percy Tau and Mohamed Sherif scored because they are forwards, but Taher’s goal is the most important for me because I played him as a striker and had he not scored, I would get blamed for making such a decision.
“We still haven’t qualified to the final yet despite the flattering scoreline, and it won’t be easy to play against ES Setif in the return leg.
“Before the red card, we were playing well and controlled the game, but what would happen if we had won by just one goal with a man advantage? I would’ve been criticised by the media.”
AL AHLY AND TAU CAME UP AGAINST JUST 10 MEN
ES Setif were reduced to 10 men when midfielder Amir Karaoui was shown a straight red card in the 35th minute.
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