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Tau Transfer Can Better SA Football – Reader’s Voice

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Croatia, a country with a population of four million people, managed to go all the way to the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Yet, South Africa, which has a population of 57 million, cannot even qualify for the tournament.  

Therefore, this poses the curious question: What is lacking in SA football? 

The answer to this may be in the lack of South Africans plying their trade abroad - especially in the Europe’s elite. And Croatia's excellent World Cup campaign was certainly helped by the fact that all the players in their 23-man WC squad play for clubs in Europe.

This means that they are playing alongside and competing against the best players in the world on a weekly-basis, which in turn adequately prepares them to compete against the world's best nations. 

Therefore, Percy Tau signing for English Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion is fantastic news for South African football. This is because the standard of Bafana Bafana will increase with more local players opting to play in Europe

This is clear from the fact that the majority of players from the five African teams that qualified for the 2018 World Cup play abroad. For example 22 of Senegal's 23-man World Cup squad play abroad - including five that play in the Premier League. 

In contrast, in the 4-Nations Tournament held in Zambia in March earlier this year, five of the 25-man Bafana Bafana squad played for a club abroad at the time - Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford FC), Bongani Zungu (Amiens), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier), Phakamani Mahlambi (Al Ahly) and Lebo Mothiba (Lille). 

Could Tau’s move to the Premier League be the catalyst to a better SA national team going forward?

 

*Note: This article was written by a Soccer Laduma reader and represents that particular individual’s thoughts or views. 



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Nkosinathijiyane43@gmail.com Joined: 08 Mar 2017
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Nkosinathijiyane43@gmail.com Jul 26, 2018 10:13 PM
I think the problem is in the technical team, look our PSL is growing season to season that means players can compete in the world cup.
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Mamba82 Jul 26, 2018 08:18 AM
Mooi loop tau
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Zothani_Linda Jul 25, 2018 06:53 AM
@SKWAY we don't undermine them they undermine the national team...
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Saul Kamionsky 64 Jul 24, 2018 03:50 PM
@SKWAY Percy Tau can get a work permit to play in the UK via receiving an exemption based on his experience and value. Therefore, playing in Belguim for a season will give him great experience, which will hopefully be adequate for him to get an exemption to play in the EPL in the 2019/20 season.
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SKWAY Joined: 30 Oct 2013
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SKWAY Jul 24, 2018 01:09 PM
We have a lot of players playing in Europe but we tend to undermine them and that is our downfall you will look at those players in the Senegalese team most of them play in the leagues that our players play in when in Europe but we deem those leagues as avarage. Tau issue : he wont be playing in EPL until Bafana fifa rankings improve now he will be loaned out on season log loan in Belgium Proleague. He had a chance to sign for a team in France which is better than the Pro league in Belgium or a team like PSV in Holland but he opted on a wrong move in he might not even play in the team he opted for. but again as long as we dont put trust in our player who are playing overseas we will never improve I mean you have Dolly, Mothiba, Zungu, and Phiri who are playing in France have you ever seen them all at once in the same team for Bafana?

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