Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane issues update on the futures of Percy Tau and Khama Billiat

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The Masandawana mentor is resigned to losing Tau in the off season, while he continues with his attempts to keep Billiat

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has revealed that he is already planning for life without star player Percy Tau, while at the same time hoping to retain the services of Khama Billiat.

The 24-year-old South Africa international has been one of the Premier Soccer League’s (PSL) top performers this season, netting 11 times which has subsequently led him to be nominated for the PSL Footballer of the Season award.

However, with great success comes great uncertainty in the case of Tau, as speculation is gaining momentum regarding a move away. During the season there was reports suggesting that top European clubs have been monitoring the attacker, and perhaps the Brazilians coach has given the strongest indication yet that Tau could be headed for greener pastures during the off season.

“It is not up to me, let's be realistic. He has done very well and we should expect somebody from Europe. There are talks already. I'm preparing that I'm losing him. It is going to be tough for us,” Mosimane told the media.

“But as I say always, tough when you lose 'CBD' and all that, we continued. We lost Pelembe, Surprise (Moriri). You lose Mphela, key players. Alje Schut was a captain and a pillar of strength. But we have to replace,” he expressed.

Meanwhile, despite Sundowns and Mosimane previously resigned to losing influential playmaker Billiat as he has opted against a contract renewal, the 53-year-old admits that he has not given up just yet on his attempts to retain the Zimbabwe star.

“I will do my best. If I don't sign Khama it is because he got a better offer somewhere. We can't let [him] go, he has been an important guy. I mean how many games has he played? He has been injured but look at the goals he scored, eight,” he explained.

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“It is important. This season was like his first, he was forever injured. He has been having injuries but you know when he comes in he scores the most important goals. Against Cape Town City it was a good, big goal. The goal he scored against Ajax Cape Town an equaliser, it brings you back. Very important, he scored in important games,” he continued.

“He has been with us for long and sometimes you have to accept that they have to go, especially when they get good offers. But we have treated him so well,” he concluded.

 

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