Bhele: Percy must be given freedom

SA National Teams

Former Bafana Bafana striker Siyabonga Nomvethe believes for Percy Tau to become one of the top players internationally, he must not get unnecessary pressure from the country.

'Bhele' last week had a chat with the media last week as AmaZulu were preparing for his last home game in professional football.

The veteran striker was asked if he believes it would be fair to put all our hopes on Tau like we did to the likes of Benni McCarthy, Doctor Khumalo, Sibusiso Zuma, Steven Pienaar and other great South African players like him.

"I don't think he needs that pressure, he's an exciting player and now he needs proper support. Give him freedom to excel and grow his game. There are times where he won't perform and we need to understand that, let's give him that guidance and support that will help him to become one of the best in the world," Nomvethe said.

With the country going to the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Nomvethe has hope in the current squad and believes they will make the nation proud.

"They already surprised many by qualifying when some didn't give them a chance against Libya," said Nomvethe, who made 82 Bafana Bafana appearances scoring 15 goals between 1999 to 2012.

"They went there and got maximum points. Going to the AFCON we need to be positive and believe that we can beat anyone in our group. Bafana will do well."