Pitso welcomes end to Percy saga
Posted: 20 July 2018 Time: 17:00
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has sent his well wishes to Percy Tau, and explained the protracted transfer saga may not have been fully understood by the player.
Tau finally completed his switch from Sundowns to English Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion, who on Friday unveiled the player on their official channels.
This brought a conclusion to what had looked to be a murky deal after reports suggested that negotiations had reached a take-it-or-leave-it offer, while Tau had gone AWOL from The Brazilians pre-season preparations in an effort to force the club’s hand in letting him go.
However, Mosimane is pleased that it all ended in smiles for the Bafana Bafana forward, who signed a four-year deal at The Seagulls, and explained that all areas needed to be covered before the deal could be completed.
“He deserves to be there, we said it [that] he must be at a team in the top five leagues in Europe. We never budged with Russia and all those things,” said Mosimane.
“He did not understand sometimes, but he’s smiling now. It’s what you do at the end, it’s not how you start, so he’s smiling now.
“He can be happy with everybody now that he’s gone to the English Premier League, which is what we wanted. We need to see somebody there, we don’t have anybody now.
“South Africa must have someone, and hopefully he represents us well so that others can follow, because you know how it is – one goes and the rest will follow.
“We wish him all the best of luck and all the success. He’s not representing Sundowns, he’s representing South Africa and he needs to come here and play for Bafana Bafana.”
The 24-year-old was always going to face challenges for a work permit in the United Kingdom, and Brighton have since confirmed that a loan move was on the cards.
Meanwhile, Mosimane has distanced himself from the intentions of the purchasing club and says he has played his part and achieved the targets set out with Tau.
“I can’t talk about Brighton, I don’t do that. He’s got his people around,” defended ‘Jingles’.
“What my contribution is, was making sure that he wins Footballer of the Year; making sure he’s top goal scorer; making sure he’s Players’ Player of the Year; making sure that he goes to Brighton – that’s where I end. The other stuff I can’t control.”
By Tshepang Mailwane