Al Ahly and Bafana Bafana attacker Percy Tau has finally broken his silence after missing the penalty yesterday.
South Africa faced Mali yesterday on a opening African Cup of Nation competition game. South Africa won a penalty in the first half of the game, Tau took a penalty and missed it.
Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau have taken the blame for the national team’s 2-0 defeat to Mali in their opening AFCON clash, a result marred by a crucial missed penalty in the first half.
“At the moment, it still hurts, but I’ll try and gather myself because we still have two games to play. I still have [hope that we will progress] even though it hurts right now,” Tau told the media.
“We just have to regroup and go again against Namibia. We know it’s going to be a difficult one again also. But then, it just hurts right now,” Tau added.
“We should have scored a goal. I missed a penalty, which gave them the confidence to keep going. If we scored a goal, it would be a better game; it would change the game entirely. “We still have six points to play. We’ll give our best. We’d want to go through.”
Apart from that, Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has explained that his team has three penalty takers and they decide on the pitch who will step up after Percy Tau missed a spot-kick against Mali.
“There are three guys for the game, it was Aubrey [Modiba], Mokoena and Percy and they decide on the pitch. It’s not up to me, the one who feels best has to take the penalty,” Broos said.
“I think Percy [Tau] took this responsibility and we can’t blame him for that, certainly not because taking a penalty is not easy. “But it changed the game.”
“I think we lose the game in two facts, first is missing the penalty. Secondly is the physical power, especially in the second half of Mali.
“Those reasons make us lose the game today but the performance of South Africa was good and I think if we scored the penalty the game should be different.”