Percy Tau told to get serious


The 20-year-old skillful midfielder was a livewire in Downs’ midfield when Bapela's side beat AmaZulu Reserves 2-1 at the weekend, but had it not been for his casualness and too much showboating in front of goal, the Brazilians could have won by a much bigger margin.

“Percy is a talented and very skillful player, but his casualness will delay his progress if he is serious about reclaiming his place in the first team. He will have to change his attitude if he wants to take his professional football career seriously,” warns Bapela.

“His unnecessary showboating in front of goal against AmaZulu [at the weekend] cost us an avalanche of goals that we could have buried them with. And I’m considering about benching him in our next game [against Chippa United],” adds the former Brazilians industrious central midfielder whose side is perched in second position in Group B of the Multichoice Diski Challenge with seven points from three matches.


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The talented Mpumalanga-born midfielder was scouted in 2010 by Sundowns in the Under-17 schools national championship and went on to represent Downs in the Under-19 Metropolitan tournament in 2013, and promoted to Pitso Mosimane's first team last season, making two appearances.

“Otherwise I’m happy with the boys’ performance so far, they are showing a great improvement and hunger. Except Thela [Ngoben]), Siyanda [Zwan]) and Bongi [Ntuli], the interesting fact is that most of the players playing in this Reserve League are players from our Under-19 development team. We are determined to keep up the momentum in our next league matches,” says Bapela.

Sundowns Reserves will lock horns with Chippa United Reserves on Saturday and Bidvest Wits Reserves on Sunday in the next rounds of the Multichoice Diski Challenge.