Tau tops SA stars in global club rankings

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Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau is remarkably the only South African footballer playing at a 'top 50' club in the world following his move to Al Ahly.

Last month, Tau made headlines when he traded Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion for a transfer to reigning African champions Al Ahly, where he has reunited with his former Mamelodi Sundowns boss Pitso Mosimane.

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The 27-year-old's move away from what is widely regarded as the strongest league in the world proved to be divisive among supporters and former professionals, with some claiming that it was a step backwards for South Africa's poster boy.

This notion was recently dismissed by Mosimane, however, with the 57-year-old stressing that his side is a bigger force on the global stage than their English counterparts.

"It's been four years since he left South Africa and he hasn’t played the same way he used to play here, and I don’t think Brighton gave him the respect he deserves," Mosimane told Radio2000 earlier this month.

"Percy Tau was not in Brighton’s plans at all, they didn’t even use him during the pre-season. By the way, is Brighton bigger than Al Ahly? Al Ahly is a bigger team. Sorry but we just came back from the Club World Cup."

Mosimane's claims are supported by data provided by FootballDatabase, which has ranked the record 10-time African champions 54 places higher than the Seagulls in their global club coefficient. 

Al Ahly features in 28th place in the world as a result of their domestic and continental successes in recent years, while Brighton feature lower down in 82nd place on the overall standings.

Tau is thus the only South African footballer playing for a club ranked in the top 50, and indeed the top 100 in the world, with Luther Singh featuring next on the list for 153rd-ranked FC Copenhagen in Denmark, notably below Mamelodi Sundowns in 138th.

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