Windhoek - Pacey South African soccer international, Percy Tau, has one eye on breaking Bafana Bafana’s goal-scoring record and another on helping his country qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Cameroon.
The 26-year-old netted his 10th goal in 24 matches for South Africa since his 2015 debut, when he scored against Sao Tome and Principe on November 13. He followed that up with a brace in the return leg AFCON qualifier two days later to overtake Teko Modise with a haul of 12 goals in 25 games.
Tau is now the eight highest ever goal-getter for Bafana Bafana, which he shares with Tokelo Rantie and Siphiwe Tshabalala.
He is still some way off from Benni McCarthy’s South African record of 31 goals. At his current goal every 2,4 matches, Tau is projected to reach 33 goals after 88 internationals.
Belgium-based Tau’s seven goals in AFCON qualifiers place him second overall for South Africa – just one behind Sibusiso Zuma.
In terms of the race to Cameroon 2021, South Africa are joint-top of their qualification group with West African powerhouses, the Black Stars of Ghana.
"A lot of great players have come and failed and it is not such an impossible record to get it, it is there for the taking and it must be taken by a player who is given services and right opportunities to get the goals and break that record.
I think Percy Tau has got every quality to succeed in Europe and surpass me as the all-time leading goal-scorers in Bafana colours." McCarthy told the South African Football Journalist Association back in June in Scotland.
Tau has not only shone in Bafana Bafana colours, but just about everywhere he has gone.
He is the first player to score in five consecutive debuts at five different professional clubs: at Mamelodi Sundows, Witbank Spurs, Union SG, Club Brugge and RSC Anderlecht.
That is not all. Tau is the only player to score on debut for three different clubs in Europe.