Tau and Foster to make history

South African forwards Percy Tau and Lyle Foster will make history this weekend in the Belgian top flight.

After returning to their clubs following international duty with Bafana Bafana and the South Africa under-23 squad respectively, two of the biggest talents in South African football are poised to face each other in a historic derby on Saturday evening.

Title-chasing Club Brugge take on Cercle Brugge in the Bruges derby, a fierce encounter that dates back to 1899 and one of the very few city rivalries in Belgium.

With Foster recently signing for Cercle on loan from parent club AS Monaco, he finds himself up against Tau, who has quickly established himself as one of the biggest names in the country.

Anele Ngcongca, who spent nine years in the First League A and won three major titles with KRC Genk, reckons the result will not be black and white despite Tau's side being recognised as the best team in the league.

"It was a big derby when I used to play in Belgium but nowadays people started to know what the outcome will be, but before it was hard," Ngcongca tells KickOff.com.

"The reality now is that [Club] Brugge is a big club and they have the best players in the country, but the game is not played on paper.
 
"You know when it comes to the derby it’s pride and bragging rights at stake as the two teams share the stadium."
 
SA derby history in Belgium
 
The 52-time-capped South Africa international knows what's at stake for both players and reveals that during his stint in Europe, he was aware that the result would filter back home - which fueled even more desire to be on the winning side.
 
"Back in my days when I had to face Elrio van Heerden, I used to make my own derby SA vs SA and I always wanted to be on the winning side because I know back home it will be written in your magazine it was a motivation in itself.
 
"It's going to be good, counterpart derbies are always big and the form of the teams don’t count - it's what you do on the day. 
 
"Foster has just joined a team that is struggling he has to adjust to the way the team plays and the league also, because Belgium and France are not the same. 
 
"But [his] advantage is that he just helped the under-23s qualify for Egypt 2019, he is in a good space, so if he gets to start he will help his team."

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