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Manqoba “Shakes” Ngwenya feels Percy Tau needs to be more ruthless in attack for Mamelodi Sundowns

Posted: 9 July 2017 Time: 17:48

Former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Manqoba “Shakes” Ngwenya has been impressed with what he has seen from Percy Tau but has called on the 23-year-old to be more ruthless in front of goal.

Tau, who finished the past season with seven goals and seven assists in all domestic competitions, benefited from his loan stint at National First Division side Witbank Spurs in the 2015/16 season.

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When Tau returned to Sundowns, coach Pitso Mosimane did not hesitate to register him for the CAF Champions League, giving the club another attacking option to add to the “CBD” combination of Leonardo Castro, Khama Billiat and the now European-based Keagan Dolly.

The 23-year-old Tau has not looked back since and is quickly developing into one of the PSL's superstars. In his first season back with Sundowns, Tau has been nominated for the Players’ Player of the Season following his 29 appearances for the African champions.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre on Monday night and Tau will be up against Aubrey Ngoma and Lebogang Manyama of Cape Town City for the award.

His form at club level has also translated to the national team, Bafana Bafana.

He scored for Bafana in March against Guinea-Bissau at Moses Mabhida Stadium and was then part of history when he found the back of the net in Bafana’s first-ever competitive victory over Nigeria last month.

After coming on as a second-half substitute in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Super Eagles, Tau scored Bafana’s second goal in a packed Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo as the visitors came away with a 2-0 win. It was coach Stuart Baxter’s first game in charge and Tau certainly impressed and showed that Champions League football at club level is helping him grow.

Ngwenya says Tau brings a lot to Sundowns but he needs to work on his decision-making in the final third so that he scores more goals.

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“I'm happy with the progress of Tau and he's doing well, even though sometimes his decision making is not right,” Ngwenya tells

“I think other people tend to see that [decision making] and start criticising him for the fact that he's not scoring enough or he is being selfish and that creeps into your game as the player when you are not getting goals,” he adds.

“His work rate and the runs that he makes, creating places for other players. I just like the way he’s so dedicated.”

Ngwenya was speaking at the Siyabonga Sangweni youth month festival mayoral sports day in Dondotha, where he's expected to entertain fans with former team-mate Sandile Ndlovu.

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Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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