Percy Tau was back at the top of the social media trending lists this week thanks to his brace in Al Ahly’s 4-1 win over Smouha on Thursday.
The result not only tightened the grip for the multiple African club competition champions at the top of the Egyptian Premiership table, but it also pushed Tau into an early lead in the race for the golden boot.
Since his high profile transfer from English side Brighton & Hove Albion to Al Ahly in August, the 27-year-old has scored five times.
The feat has made the player from Emalahleni in Mpumalanga the joint leading scorer with Ahmed Zizo Sayed of city rivals, Zamalek.
Tau kicked off his four-year deal with Al Ahly with a brace against Ismaily in his team’s 4-0 victory last month and netted in the Red Devils’ 3-2 win over Mahalla, before Thursday night’s brace.
The talented striker is certainly enjoying his football again following a four-year spell in Europe which was littered with mixed fortunes.
“For me, it was a stage in my life when I needed to look after myself. I needed a four-year contract and I was on a one-year contract [remaining at Brighton]. That on its own tells you why I joined Al Ahly,” Tau told City Press last week in Ghana where he was with Bafana Bafana.
He and his team-mates’ next official match is more than two weeks away as the Egyptian league is in recess for the Arab Cup that involves north Africa powerhouses Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.
The tournament runs from next Tuesday until December 18.
Meanwhile, Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane said he was also understanding the Egyptian league more and “slowly learning”.
“I’ve only been here for 13 months, give me time and the team will play the way I want,” he was quoted as saying by Egypt’s online publication Kingfut.