Percy Tau, Lyle Foster boost Bafana ahead of friendlies

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Bafana Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo during the team's training camp in Rustenburg. Picture: Safa Twitter
Bafana Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo during the team's training camp in Rustenburg. Picture: Safa Twitter

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It’s all coming together for Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki in the build-up to South Africa’s international friendlies against Nambia and Zambia.

Bafana were boosted by the arrival of Percy Tau and Lyle Foster, the two overseas-based who reported for camp on Tuesday.

“It’s nice being back home ... always a great opportunity to come back and represent the nation and it’s nice seeing the guys again,” said Tau upon his arrival at the team’s camp at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Complex in Phokeng in the North West.

The 26-year-old said he was adapting to life at Anderlecht, the Belgian Jupiler Pro League side he joined on loan in August.

Ntseki will be satisfied that Tau arrived in camp having played regularly at his club.

Read: Bafana doctor explains Covid protocols ahead of camp

The speedy striker has already featured in seven games and scored two goals since his move from Belgian champions Club Brugge where he was also on loan last season.

“Life is okay [at Anderlecht] and we are getting some good results. We just lost one game,” said Tau in reference to his side’s 3-0 annihilation by his former side Brugge.

“I’m still new at the club and I’ll see with time how everything develops.”

It’s a big honour to be here and good to see the faces that I grew up watching I’m now calling them team-mates.
Lyle Foster

The former Mamelodi Sundowns striker said he was looking forward to seeing how he blends with his new team-mates in the 25-man squad called up by Ntseki.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old Foster is also excited at the prospect of donning the jersey of the senior national team having already helped the national Under-23 to the qualification of the Tokyo Olympics next year.

“It’s a big honour to be here and good to see the faces that I grew up watching I’m now calling them team-mates. It is a dream come true. The hard work starts now,” said the former Orlando Pirates player who plies his trade at Vitória Guimarães in Portugal.

I believe that everything we had been working on before the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak just came back to the senior players, while the newcomers also adapted very easily.
Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki

Ntseki was due to oversee the team’s second training session on Tuesday but he was satisfied at how things have panned out in Rustenburg.

“I am glad that the team have finally settled down and are ready to get the ball rolling after Monday’s frustrations with the rain,” he said.

“We had a light [training] session with a lot of ball work to allow the players to get back into full swing. They were very eager to get back onto the pitch and reunite after such a long time.

“I believe that everything we had been working on before the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak just came back to the senior players, while the newcomers also adapted very easily,” the coach said.

Nsteki will use this Fifa international week to prepare Bafana for the back to back qualifiers for next year’s Afcon against São Tomé and Príncipe in November.

Read: Micho set to guide Zambia against Bafana in warm-up game

Bafana face Nambia at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Thursday at 7pm.

They then take on Chipolopolo in the final warm-up game on Sunday at the same venue.

Kick off is at 3pm.


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