Bafana star Percy Tau is believed to have officially parted ways with Egypt club Al Ahly as he continues to battle another injury.
Notably, Bafana Bafana attacker Percy Tau recently made a return to action after another lengthy injury layoff, which came amidst reports that he had been placed on the transfer list by Al Ahly alongside Luis Miquissone, with the Egyptian league season drawing to a close.
The encounter against Pharco marked Tau’s much-needed return to fitness as speculation continued to mount around his immediate future, which already appeared in doubt when Pitso Mosimane left as coach.
A win over second-division side Al Masry Alloum back in June had cemented Al Ahly’s place in the Egypt Cup quarter-finals against Misr El-Makkasa, but ahead of that clash, coach Ricardo Soares opted to leave out Tau, who had just come on as a substitute in a couple of previous league matches.
There was again no sign of the South African playmaker in the 21-member squad to face Eastern Company SC in Wednesday’s evening Egyptian Premier League game. Now, according to several reports, Tau has in fact picked up a muscle injury that would have ruled him out of Al Ahly’s remaining league games of the season.
This injury could be another major setback for the South African, who has previously been singled out as a player with perennial injury problems that have been part of the reasons for him falling out of favour.
As it is, a report from SuperSport states that Al Ahly has indeed cut ties with Tau.
Already earlier this week reports from Al-Masry Al-Youm highlighted that the club’s board have grown frustrated by Tau’s injury record and and will be looking to offload him ahead of the 2022/23 season.
The report indicates there was some differing views on Tau’s future, but he has now been released by the club.
IT’S NOT CLEAR WHAT EVALUATION MAY BE PLACED ON TAU MOVING FORWARD
Recent reports suggest that Anderlecht have shown interest in re-signing Tau, with the talented playmaker having previously spent a season on loan with the Belgian outfit from Brighton & Hove Albion.
According to Egyptian news website and television channel Sada El-Balad, the Belgians had tabled on an offer of USD 2 million (approx. R33,38 million) for Tau. However, some rumours suggest Al Ahly’s evaluation is double that amount.
“The Belgian club Anderlecht offered Al-Ahly management $2 million to buy Percy Tau once and for all in the upcoming summer window,” the report states.
“Al Ahly officials reserved the value of Anderlecht’s offer to include Percy Tau and requested $4 million (approx. R67,7 million) to agree to complete the deal at a minimum in the next summer transfer window in the new season.”