Al Ahly have lifted the ‘For Sale’ sign that has been hovering over the head of Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau.
The Egyptian giants now consider the Lion of Judah a prized asset, after the talented players return to full training. Respected Cairo based Egyptian journalist, Tarek Talaat said the Red Devils were ready to let Tau go at a cut price during the summer transfer window, but have since changed their mind and upped their valuation of the star.
“Al Ahly see him as a very, very good player who will be very useful to the coach and the team. The club is on record saying Percy is a good player with very good quality. They are no longer keen to sell him,” said Talaat.
Tau has had an injury-hit season since June, and only returned to training two weeks ago, which has reduced his contribution to just 17 games and five goals.
Speculation swelled that new Al Ahly coach Marcel Koller and management were looking to offload the South African.
Talaat said the club was working hard to get the 28-year-old to full training, and would not rush his return to the match day squad.
“He is not ready to be part of the matches. He will not be playing today’s game (against Ismaily). The coach wants to give him more time,” said the football journalist.
Al Ahly are not the only ones following Tau’s recovery with keen interest. Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has been worried about the injuries to his talisman.
He is hoping the speedy winger makes a full recovery in time to join the national team early next year.