Bafana provide update on Tau injury

SA National Teams

Bafana Bafana have been threatened by several injury concerns, with an update provided on Percy Tau ahead of their upcoming friendly clash with Mali.

Bafana are set to face Mali in the 25th edition of the Nelson Mandela Challenge in what is also expected to be coach Molefi Ntseki's first match in charge at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday.

With the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers coming up in November, this will be the national team's first and only test since the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations ahead of back-to-back clashes against Ghana and Sudan next month. 

Ntseki has already been forced into a double change with defender Thamsanqa Mhkhize and goalkeeper Brandon Petersen having withdrawn through injury and been replaced by Bloemfontein Celtic's Tshepo Rikhotso and Ricardo Goss of Bidvest Wits.

Since assembing on Sunday, team doctor Thulani Ngwenya has provided an update on the likes of Percy Tau, who noticeably hobbled off in Club Brugge's 4-0 win over Gent on Saturday evening, as well as Erick Mathoho, Bongani Zungu, Dean Furman and other locally-based players.

"Bongani had a deep laceration on his left leg, so we just need to open it and make a call on whether we're keeping him [in camp] or not; the other one is Tower [Mathoho] with an ankle injury so we'll manage him and see," said Ngwenya.

"The other person which is of concern at the moment is Dean Furman, who has had a knee problem for about a week or so now – yes, I know he played [in the MTN8 final], but he might have pushed himself, so that's a concern.

"Themba Zwane also has a niggling ankle injury, and I'm expecting to examine Ronwen Williams because he's also got a problem with his right shoulder, but they will all be assessed.

"From Percy's team, they didn't flag up anything so he's still coming to camp and then we will assess him and make a call, but otherwise there's nothing formal from his club."

Tau, who recently made his UEFA Champions League group stage debut and contributed an assist against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, is expected to arrive from Belgium on Tuesday morning.