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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane reveals reason for substituting Percy Tau during Tshwane derby

Posted: 20 August 2017 Time: 20:49

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has explained his decision to substitute Percy Tau during Saturday’s Tshwane derby against SuperSport United at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Tau, despite having a decent game against Matsatsantsa, felt the wrath of the boo boys after wasting several scoring chances and was eventually yanked in the 76th minute, replaced by Anthony Laffor.

The Brazilians were still able to see out a comfortable 2-0 win to get their 2017/18 Absa Premiership campaign off to the perfect start, although questions were still asked over Tau’s withdrawal.

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“He [Tau] was disappointed when I pulled him off but I had to speak to him to tell him I had to protect him because if he misses [a scoring chance] again I don’t want anybody to be on his case,” the coach said.

”It was important to protect him. He is a very brave boy, you can see he is material for Bafana. He is never shy to try and win, never shy to attack defenders.

“He had a brilliant first half, him and 'Mshishi' [Themba Zwane] on the left side were superior and dominant and he played to his strength.

”But I always say he must play to score. He enjoys himself, he is happy, he just wants to dribble and play.

”It’s the same story of last year. I told him I need our people to say or players to complain that Percy doesn’t pass but always tries to score, that’s what I want. I want him to do that.

”But what a brilliant player, he keeps us alive, he is buzzing,” Mosimane added.

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Article by: Ernest Fakude
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