‘It’s disgusting’: Hugo Broos on Percy Tau’s critics

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has once again expressed his displeasure on the harsh criticism directed on SA star player Percy Tau.

Since the Africa Cup of Nations the left-footed player has faced significant criticism due to a dip in his form.

Broos insists that the responsibility for Bafana Bafana to achieve positive results shouldn't solely rest on Tau's shoulders, but rather on the entire team.


“I think that everybody puts too much weight on the shoulders of Percy,” Broos told the media. 

“I said it already, and maybe in the right way. You can’t make Percy a player who decides the game. He’s a very good player, there is no doubt about it. 

“Everybody thinks Percy will give us the victory every game. That’s not that kind of performance.”

Some South Africans lambasted Tau after the match against Nigeria last week, particularly for the for the golden opportunity he wasted after a wonderful set-up from Oswin Appollis in the box.

The Belgian coach subbed him off in the 79th minute, bringing on Thapelo Morena. Broos says he was delighted with the former Brighton and Hove Albion man’s performance against the Super Eagles.

“I was happy with [Tau’s performance] in the game against Nigeria. We replaced him because he was exhausted,” the 2017 AFCON-winning coach explained.

“Also, in the performances at AFCON, he did his job, but it was not what everyone expected. [He was not] The guy who gives us the victory.”

Broos pleaded with SA fans to stop criticizing the national team players on social media, as he believes it affects their confidence.


“It’s not so easy when they kill you on social media. It’s the worst thing in the world. You can tell what you want about somebody, but it’s disgusting sometimes. I hope what he feels from the group and the technical team will be enough.”

Tau might not be available for selection on Tuesday when Bafana face Zimbabwe at Free State Stadium at 6 pm. This is due to the injury.

Broos’ troops will be aiming for maximum points to move up the table. They currently sit in fourth position in group with four points after three matches.

They drew with Super Eagles on Friday and Broos said he wants nothing less than a win.

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