Emotionally, Percy Tau was like a bride, Pitso Mosimane the father, as Tau walked out the Santiago Bernabéu tunnel on Tuesday.
The Mamelodi Sundowns coach has described feeling intense feelings at the cite of seeing Tau walk out to achieve his football dream.
The 25-year-old Bafana star dazzled as Club Brugge held Zinadine Zidane’s Madrid to a 2-2 draw in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.
“I was a little bit emotional seeing him walk out of the tunnel at the Santiago Bernabéu because that was his dream‚” said Mosimane to TimesLIVE.
“When a boy that comes from your family enters the Santiago Bernabéu to play against Ramos and Varane‚ it becomes a little bit emotional.”
The 2016 CAF Coach of the Year and 2018 PSL Coach of the Season further revealed what he does to inspire his players behind closed doors. Mosimane often uses Real Madrid footage to illustrate methods to Sundowns players.
"All the time when they are here‚ I show them video clips of how they do things at clubs like Real Madrid. He is living the dream‚ we are proud of him and the fact that we have contributed,” Mosimane added.
The Witbank-born Tau, whose football education was shaped at Chloorkop, lit up the PSL league and CAF Champions League, before catching the eyes of Brighton & Albion scouts.
"We didn’t make him‚ he is talented player and who came from our youth development and he took his chance,” Mosimane went on.
“I hope it will serve as an inspiration to younger ones in the team like Lebohang Maboe and Matjeka Madisha to believe that it is possible.”
"It must also serve as motivation to other players in the PSL that you can play at Santiago Bernabéu against Ramos‚ Varane and provide an assist for the goal.
"He played against Barcelona at FNB Stadium last year. So‚ when he’s played Barcelona‚ why shouldn’t he play against Real Madrid?” concluded the man known as ‘Jingles.’
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