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Pitso Mosimane tips Mamelodi Sundowns star Percy Tau to succeed abroad

10:34 BST 17/07/2018
Percy Tau, Mamelodi Sundowns & Rodrick Kabwe, Ajax Cape Town, April 2018
The Masandawana mentor believes that his star attacker has what it takes to succeed abroad

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has wished Percy Tau well as he is set to make a move abroad.

It was recently confirmed that Masandawana were given the go ahead by their president Patrice Motsepe to conclude negotiations with English Premier Soccer League outfit Brighton and Hove Albion.

Tau has not been part of Sundowns’ pre-season preparations as he absconded in an attempt to force the move. This has certainly not damaged the relationship between him and the former Bafana Bafana mentor.

Speaking ahead of Sundowns’ clash against Togolese outfit AS Togo-Port, Mosimane revealed that he was happy for the Brazilians star and was adamant that Tau has all the makings to succeed abroad.

In the build-up to the move, the 53-year-old constantly spoke about his desire to send Tau overseas but only to a club in Europe’s top five leagues.   

"Game attitude, playwise, yes, he will make it overseas. He's got good temperament. He can handle the pressure. He's a big player," Mosimane told SowetanLive.

However, Mosimane is wary that Tau’s finishing may need to improve. Tau though, managed 11 goals in what appears to have been his final season in the South African topflight.

"His finishing can be a lot better. We all know about it. We've spoken about it and once he gets it right, he'll survive in any league," he added.

"He's been good to us. He served us loyally,” Mosimane continued.

Tau’s reported transfer fee is reported to be in excess of R50 million making him arguably one of South African football’s most expensive exports.

“He's a player from our development structure and for him to break the transfer record fee from an SA team to overseas fills me with joy. I'm happy for him. I wish him well," Mosimane expressed.

Although, Sundowns' coach has already begun planning for life without his star attacker, Tau’s move is yet to be finalised.