Percy Tau has admitted he’s a reluctant leader, though the Brighton and Hove Albion forward could be forced to change his stance in the coming weeks.
The 27-year-old is now one of a handful of senior players in the new-look Bafana Bafana squad picked by Hugo Broos for the friendly against Uganda next month.
Broos, 69, replaced Molefi Ntseki after the latter was sacked for failing to guide the national team to the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next year.
The coach has picked a young team, with big name players left out – including captain Thulani Hlatshwayo!
It leaves the role of Bafana skipper vacant.
“I think I am now one of the experienced ones along with Ronwen and Keagan. That’s it. Before it was better because there were more, and those guys carried the responsibility and we would be coming in to support,” Tau told journalists.
“Now it’s different and it’s our turn to lead. I think we can handle it, but the other guys also have to do it because they are going to major tournaments with the U/23s. We are all different, some of us don’t enjoy leading or always talking. Now we will be forced to.”
Asked whether he’d be willing to captain Bafana, Tau suggested he was a bit reluctant and preferred to weigh in as a “senior player” rather.
“I’ve never thought about it before and I have never been a captain before. I prefer the supporting role, that suits me better as a senior player. There are so many captains on the pitch. But that is up to the coach, my arm is not big enough for the belt,” he explained.
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