Bafana coach on Percy Tau: Criticism is ‘disgusting’
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Bafana coach on Percy Tau: Criticism is ‘disgusting’

Bafana Bafana will burst into action on Tuesday evening in another all-important 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe, with Percy Tau coming on in midfield.

Tau continues to be a polarizing figure for many Bafana fans, who have at times been frustrated by his inability to live up to admittedly high expectations.

The playmaker endured a rather disappointing performance in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) earlier this year and faced a lot of criticism. This was the case after a recent poor qualifying performance against Nigeria, but Tau continues to enjoy the support of Broos.

“People expect too much from Percy. I was pleased with his performance against Nigeria. He did his job in Afcon as well. But he wasn’t what everyone expected, the guy that was going to get us the win,” Broos said.

“The only thing that’s important, and I hope he feels it, is that he has all my confidence. That’s the most important thing because it’s not easy when they kill you on social media.

“The worst thing in the world is saying what you want about someone. It’s disgusting sometimes. I hope that’s what he feels from the group and the technical staff, and I hope that’s enough for Percy.

“I don’t understand what’s going on (with the public) with Percy Tau.”

Percy Tau will be hoping to prove it when Bafana take on Zimbabwe

The South African senior team had some time to catch their breath in Bloemfontein after exhausting trips to and from Nigeria a few days ago

“I believe in my team and I believe they can (perform). If we play like we did on Friday (against Nigeria), considering the travel, I believe a win against Zimbabwe is possible,” Broos said.

“The journey was hard, yes, but the match was going to happen anyway, so we stayed focused. We’ve all done it! Ultimately, it’s about football,” he said

When Msimango was asked how he felt about being called up to the team after Grant Kekana had to be withdrawn due to injury, he couldn’t stop smiling. “I was on vacation with my wife and we had to cut it short. I’m happy to be here, honored to play and I’ll give my all.

QUALIFICATIONS HAVE CHANGED

Bafana Bafana and Zimbabwe were placed in Group C along with Nigeria, Rwanda, Lesotho and Benin.

The CAF qualifying structure for the 2026 FIFA World Cup has changed from previous years. A record nine African teams will qualify for the 2026 World Cup, with a tenth possible.

All 54 FIFA-affiliated football associations from CAF entered the qualification. Teams were brought in nine groups of six teams play home and away matches in a round-robin system.

The winner from each of the nine groups will qualify for the World Cup.

In addition, four best classified group runners-up will take part in the play-off phase, which will decide which team will advance to the interconfederation play-offs.