Tuesday, 8 October 2019

South Africa sweat on Tau fitness ahead of Mali clash

Bafana sweat on Tau fitness ahead of Mali clash

Percy Tau will report to the South African national team camp also known as Bafana Bafana, so that the injury that forced him out of Club Brugge’s 4-0 win over Gent in the Belgium league at the weekend can be assessed.

Tau left the field before halftime, which will be a major worry for Bafana fans and coach Molefi Ntseki ahead of the Nelson Mandela Challenge clash with Mali on Sunday.

Brugge have not sent a report to the South African Football Association over the injury, so Tau is expected to link up with the squad on Tuesday morning, where he will be given the once-over by team doctor Thulani Ngwenya

“From Percy's team, they didn't flag up anything so he's still coming to camp and then we will assess him and make a call, but otherwise there's nothing formal from his club," Ngwenya confirmed.

He did add that there are a number of other doubts in the team, including Amiens midfielder Bongani Zungu, Kaizer Chiefs defender Erick Mathoho, Mamelodi Sundowns forward Themba Zwane, and the SuperSport United duo of goalkeeper Ronwen Williams and midfielder Dean Furman.

"Bongani had a deep laceration on his left leg, so we just need to open it and make a call on whether we're keeping him [in camp] or not. The other one is Tower [Mathoho] with an ankle injury so we'll manage him and see," Ngwenya said.

"The other person which is of concern at the moment is Dean Furman, who has had a knee problem for about a week or so now. He played [in the MTN8 final], but he might have pushed himself, so that's a concern.

"Themba Zwane also has a niggling ankle injury, and I'm expecting to examine Ronwen Williams because he's also got a problem with his right shoulder, but they will all be assessed.”


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