Hugo Broos on Percy Tau’s critics
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Hugo Broos on Percy Tau’s critics

Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has once again expressed his displeasure over the heavy criticism directed at SA star Percy Tau.

Since the African Cup of Nations, the left-footed player has faced heavy criticism due to his decline in form.

Broos insists Bafana Bafana’s responsibility for achieving positive results should not rest solely on Tau’s shoulders, but rather the entire team.

“Everyone is putting too much weight on Percy’s shoulders.”

“I think everyone is putting too much weight on Percy’s shoulders,” Broos told the media.

“I’ve said it before, and maybe in the right way. You can’t make Percy the player who decides the game. He is a very good player, there is no doubt about it.

“Everyone thinks Percy will win us every game. This is not that kind of performance.”

Tau was heavily criticized by some South Africans after last week’s match against Nigeria, particularly for a golden opportunity he missed after a brilliant set-up by Oswin Appollis in the box.

The Belgian coach crushed him in the 79th minute, throwing on Thapelo Morena. Broos says he was delighted with the former Brighton and Hove Albion player’s performance against the Super Eagles.

“I was pleased with (Tau’s performance) against Nigeria. We replaced him because he was exhausted,” explained the 2017 AFCON winning coach.

“He did his job during AFCON too, but it wasn’t what everyone expected. (He wasn’t) The guy who gives us the win.

Broos appealed to SA fans to stop criticizing national team players on social media as he believes it affects their self-confidence.

“IT’S NOT EASY WHEN YOU ARE KILLED ON SOCIAL MEDIA”

“It’s not that easy when they kill you on social media. It’s the worst thing in the world. You can say what you want about someone, but sometimes it’s gross. I hope what he feels from the group and the technical team is enough.

Tau may not be available for selection on Tuesday for Bafana’s match against Zimbabwe at the Free State Stadium at 6pm. This is due to an injury.

Broos’ soldiers will aim to score as many points as possible to move up the table. Currently, after three matches, they are fourth in the group with four points.

They drew against the Super Eagles on Friday and Broos said he wanted nothing more than to win.