It would take Sundowns until deep into the second half when Percy Tau was again influential in rescuing Masandawana’s blushes as he cancelled out Thabo Mnyamane’s early goal. It was Tau’s ninth goal of the league campaign and his second strike in the space of a week.
This led the Brazilians mentor Pitso Mosimane to laud Tau after the game, even suggesting that he is destined to be named Premier Soccer League (PSL) Player of the Season as there is no one who can challenge his impact that he has had this season.
“It was very difficult‚ where we had to punch holes behind the 10 defenders to go through by hook or crook‚” Mosimane told the media.
“And Percy Tau is one beautiful player. I’m waiting to see who’s going to challenge Percy for Footballer of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year. I’m waiting,” he added.
“And I need the name now‚ to say: there’s eight games to go‚ who is challenging Percy Tau for Footballer and Player’s Player? He must take everything. He’s scoring goals and he’s assisting. What a brave youngster. He just shows that talent is not enough – you must back talent,” Mosimane said.
“You must run‚ you must play‚ you must force‚ you must be brave. A player like this in South Africa we haven’t seen for a long time. It’s unbelievable,” he expressed.
While Tau has undergone a massive rise in recent years, his work is not yet done. Sundowns are currently only four points ahead of closest rivals Orlando Pirates, and are winless in their past two league games.
Next up though for Sundowns, is an away clash match against AmaZulu, a side who walked away from the reverse fixture with all three points in place and Tau will again be relied upon for goals as the pressure begins to mount on the Tshwane giants with just a few games to go in the title race.