Mzansi’s number one superstar Pery Tau has been named in Club Brugge’s trip to face Real Madrid.
The Belgian club is due at the iconic Santiago Bernabéu for tonight’s Group stage UEFA Champions League clash.
The Witbank-born attacker is hoping for his first UCL appearance after he was an unused substitute during matchday one’s game against Galatasaray.
“Let’s wait and see‚ I am crossing my fingers,” Mosimane told TimesLIVE.
"Even if he plays for one minute‚ I will be very happy. He has been looking to play at big clubs like Real Madrid and I am happy that we contributed to his dream.”
"I would love to see him play against Madrid at the Bernabéu and I was disappointed when he didn’t play in their last Champions League game. For him to step on the field‚ that’s the dream.”
The 25-year-old Brugge will join a steadily growing list of Mzansi footballers who’ve previously played at the biggest competition in world football. Mosimane’s chat also revealed how he views Tau as South Africa’s answer to the likes of Sadio Mane (Senegal) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt).
"We are all emotional and waiting for him to say this is the boy we know well and we are used to see him here. "It is like the stories of Sadio Mané or the Mo Salah‚ but he is one our own.”
“I hope he will open doors for the other guys because playing in the Uefa Champions League is a big dream‚" he said.
The former Bafana Bafana coach concluded by saying that Tau has the bravery and possibility of getting himself in tomorrow’s headlines.
"He is a lion and he is never shy of any challenge. I am sure that will double his efforts and I hope he does well‚ maybe sneak one goal and they ask where he comes from.”
“They will find out that there is a Bongani Zungu and Keagan Dolly who come from the same team (Sundowns) and maybe there will be more going overseas even if that will mean that we will wobble here,” Mosimane concluded.
An appearance this evening could see the Bafana star test himself against the world’s finest defenders such as Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Nacho and Dani Carvajal.
Other SA players who’ve played in the UCL:
- Benni McCarthy (the only winner)
- Georgios Koumantarakis
- Hans Vonk
- Bryce Moon
- Quinton Fortune
- Tsepo Masilela
- Nasief Morris
- Pierre Issa
- Thulani Serero
- Steven Pienaar
- Anele Ngcongca
- Macbeth Sibaya
- Dino Ndlovu.
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