Bafana Bafana’s Percy Tau has revealed what a lot of youngsters in the country need to hear urgently.
The entire Mzansi nation watched in proud disbelief this year, as Tau and his Club Brugge took on global giants Real Madrid and later Paris Saint Germain, in the UEFA Champions League.
Reflecting on the experience during a chat with Teko Modise via Instagram, Tau confirmed some rather eye-opening stuff.
“If you’re there expecting a family, you’re not going to get it,” the 26-year-old began.
“You’re alone and the people you’re around are not going to help you. They are not here to babysit you. Everyone is here to either move to the next step, to a bigger club or, if they stay, get a better contract. You have to be very confident.
“If you are too humble, you will lose out. It is a jungle whereby we compete on anything. Even when practicing finishing, we will be competing.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns star further revealed passing on the fresh experience to AS Monaco’s Lyle Foster, while also confirming the influence he earned from Benni McCarthy and Kermit Erasmus.
“If you are confident, you win. I sent Lyle Foster the same advice, that he needed to be confident and believe in himself. If we are doing a ‘Tissue Challenge’, it is a competition. Anything you do, you are competing and if your confidence dips, they will be on your case every day.
“The first time I spoke to Benni (McCarthy), that was one thing he was critical of. ‘Your (low) confidence overseas is not going to help you,’” added the Witbank-born player.
“When I spoke to Kermit Erasmus at the national team, he said I shouldn’t think about things too much if I’m going to play in the (UEFA) Champions League; I must just score,” Tau concluded.