The Champions League group stage is back and South African fans were anticipating the second day of action because Percy Tau was set to play.
Tau's club Club Brugge eventually drew 0-0 against Galatasaray, and the match turned into a massive anti-climax in South Africa, and this was not because of the score.
Fans were looking forward to watch Club Brugge more than any other team. Take a look at some of the Tweets on display, including a video of a classroom lining up to the tune of the Champions League anthem.
So many supporters underlined how much Tau's place in the Champions League meant to them, but unfortunately, the former Mamelodi Sundowns star sat on the bench for the entire game.If there was such an outpouring of emotion on social media when a player doesn't even run onto the field, can one imagine how it would be when Tau does do something in the Champions League this season?
Many of the Tweets were hilarious jokes, warning Club Brugge they would unfollow the club if Tau doesn't start the next Champions League game. Followers also wanted to point out nobody would care for Club Brugge if it wasn't for Tau.
We also take a look at how South African fans followed other Champions League games, though the majority of the attention was on Tau... on the bench.
A fan pointed out South Africans support Tau more than Bafana Bafana, and if they can show the same love to one another (at rival clubs) then anything would be possible.
We are not counting the neutrals who attempted to pretend Tau never represented Sundowns in the past.
I shouldn’t be enjoying Thibaut Courtois conceding as much as I do.— Mazola J. Molefe (@superjourno) September 18, 2019
This is probably the healthiest move Percy could have made. Love how Brugge have tapped into his culture through connecting with South African fans back home. I’m certain @percymuzitau22 is buzzing at these developments, which bodes well for him to give his best on the pitch. https://t.co/VKriDx71iD— Chad Klate (@CKlatey) September 18, 2019
Valverde is giving Dortmund a false sense of belief because he knows that by keeping Rakitic and Messi on the bench means 5 nil when Borussia goes to Nou Camp pic.twitter.com/6t5nHAZ3OT— Marks Maponyane (@MarksMaponyane) September 17, 2019
A penalty is a match changing decision so why can’t a referee be overruled by VAR?— SteveCooper🔴⚪️⚔️🔴⚪️ (@steveco87037733) September 17, 2019
Also last night the West Ham player sent off for a second yellow when the Villa player dived. Because apparently VAR can’t get involved in 2nd yellows VAR is not doing its’s job!
Percy Tau is a national asset Yes but you can't deny He played for Sundowns.— SZN of #LaDécima 💙💛💚 (@ClementRave) September 18, 2019
Just remembered that Tau used to play for a small team in SA called Sundowns, they have 115 fans 😥😞😭— Sandile Shamase (@Sandile27207477) September 18, 2019
If you ever put Percy Tau on the bench again,we will stop supporting you and unfollow also... https://t.co/Xa2QnNAfp7— Sundowns Fanatic 🌟 (@Madumetja_SoLo) September 18, 2019
We would formally like to welcome you to South African twitter. 🤣🇿🇦— Ajax Cape Town (@ajaxcapetown) September 18, 2019
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Eish! https://t.co/rkrRE8VImk— Mazola J. Molefe (@superjourno) September 18, 2019
Whole of RSA: Put in Percy Tau(Lion of Judah).— Frank Lucas (@Dman_zn) September 18, 2019
Club Brugge: Ngeke Sizwe ngani
Whole of RSA: iLight le Club Jobe. pic.twitter.com/JE3AlJ8WN7
If we could Support each other like we Support Percy Tau guys. We Could Rule the world from South Africa 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/0CEz6w3sj5— Okurimono Sensei 🍫🍾🎰 (@Kamikray) September 18, 2019
This game is boring without Percy Tau 🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/QgetjiBgL5— AFRICAN A🇿🇦 (@aa_mphefu) September 18, 2019
Percy Tau still on the bench. This coach is starting behave like our Government in terms of sevice delivery.— Thabelo Mudau #NotYetUhuru (@THABELOMUDAU5) September 18, 2019
A Nigerian guy asked why 🇿🇦 is so happy that Percy Tau is playing for an "unknown" club at the #ChampionsLeague but little does he understand what this man carries, a HOPE of the nation, A HOPE that we will rise to the best we once was, a HOPE of our best ever football Era 🦁 pic.twitter.com/mor3uB2HR6— Dark🛡️Knight (@LudwaX) September 18, 2019
Because of Percy Tau, club brugge is now a South African football team. Whether Niyathanda anithanda pic.twitter.com/jN87ry8pSG— Samke Phungula-Goldwyn (@PhungulaSam) September 18, 2019