Percy Tau will not play for Hugo Broos’ side against Ethiopia in their 2022 Soccer World Cup qualifier because Al Ahly has refused to release the Bafana Bafana star.
Tau has been included in Bafana Bafana’s latest 34-man preliminary squad, but rumours from Egypt indicate that his club, Ahly, will refuse to release him.
Tau has been chosen by coach Hugo Broos for the forthcoming back-to-back FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia next month, despite the fact that the 27-year-old is presently recovering from a thigh injury suffered in Bafana Bafana’s last encounter against Ghana.
Ahly has stated that Tau is two weeks away from returning to training, which would be in time for the Bafana Bafana match, however, the player’s contract could be jeopardized if he does participate.
According to reports, Tau would most likely be unable to play for the national team while he heals from injury, and he could find himself in hot trouble if FIFA intervenes or if he chooses to go against his club’s desires.
“Al Ahly refused to allow Percy Tau to join South Africa, and in the event that FIFA intervenes and the player joins and participates, there may be a problem in his contract with Al Ahly and it will be difficult for him to continue,” read a tweet from Al Ahly insider.
أحمد شوبير 🗣️
🗯️ الأهلي رفض انضمام بيرسي تاو لجنوب أفريقيا، وفي حالة تدخل الفيفا وانضمام اللاعب ومشاركته قد يكون هناك مشكلة في عقده مع الأهلي ويكون من الصعب استمراره pic.twitter.com/YHZfL4mQkW
— Ahly Insider (@AhlyInsider) September 22, 2021
Tau signed a bumper R32 million contract with the Red Eagles earlier this month, joining from English outfit, Brighton and Hove Albion. The Lion of Judah could land himself in hot water if FIFA intervene or if he chooses to go against his club’s wishes.