SA striker unveiled at top Belgian club

BOITUMELO RANTAO 

TOP South African striker Percy Tau has received a warm welcome to his new club Anderlecht.

Club coach Vincent Kompany, the ex-Manchester City captain who won successive English Premier League (EPL) titles, gave Tau a personal welcome and declared that he would push the strike to be the best player he can be.

Kompany, who retired last year, returned to his country, Belgium and joined the Anderlecht as player-manager.

He told Tau. “ “You said you’ve come here for the next step so we are going to push you to become the best player you can be. I know they are looking back to you in the Premier League so it’s our role to bring you there.”

Kompany said Anderlecht’s mission would also be to prepare Tau for a return to his Brighton and Hove Albion, who are campaigning in the EPL. 

Tau, 26, is a former Mamelodi Sundowns strike and completed his season-long loan deal to the 34-time league champions on Wednesday from Club Brugge, where he did well. While at Brugge, he won the league’s Player of the Season and Jupiler Pro League title.

Kompany expressed optimism about Tau’s stint at the club. “I hope this is going to be an amazing journey,” he said.

Tau said: “I am part of a team that always wants to play good and attacking football. That suits me perfectly. RSCA plays my style of football. We are made for each other. I will do everything I can to contribute to this team and guide the club back to where it belongs: to the top of Belgian football.”

Anderlecht sporting director Peter Verbeke spoke highly of Tau after watching him play for Brugge in the Belgian Pro League and UEFA Champions League.

 “He is a creative, technically strong, fast and agile player, he can play in various attacking positions.”

In addition, he has already demonstrated that he can be efficient and decisive. Due to a lack of preparation, we just have to give him some time to be important for us, but we are of course happy with his added value to our squad,” Verbeke added.


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