Tau fighting to the end
Posted: 15 April 2010 Time: 07:43 am
Jimmy Tau has been in the national team wilderness for over three years, but he tells KickOff.com there is a chance for him to break into the Bafana Bafana team for the World Cup.
The Kaizer Chiefs right back has been capped eight times at senior international level, the last of his caps coming as a substitute to replace Cyril Nzama in a 1-0 loss to Bolivia on 28 March 2007 at Coca-Cola Park Stadium during Carlos Alberto Parreira's first stint. Siboniso Gaxa, Bryce Moon and Anele Ngcongca appear to be Parreira's preference in their order for the position, but Tau insists there is a chance for him too.
"I would have loved to be in Germany with Bafana Bafana… I would have loved to be there," he says.
"It is something that I have always wanted to achieve as a person, to play for the national team but having said that I don't think I can select myself. I want to be selected on merit and if I continue working hard as I have been doing I don't see anything stopping me from being in the national team," Tau declares.
"I want to believe that until Bafana start their first game in the World Cup anything is possible. You could miss out on the camps, but you can still make it to the final squad. I want to be there and that's why I'm working so hard," he says.
Meanwhile, the Kimberley-born right back says the Telkom Knockout success has put the team under pressure to achieve more. Amakhosi take on SuperSport United at the Rand Stadium on Sunday afternoon in the Nedbank Cup last 32.
"There will always be pressure for us, more so because we did well in the Telkom Knockout. We have created a huge expectation by winning the Telkom Cup and there is pressure to live up to that. But we are playing a very good team and we have to really prepare for this," he adds.