PUMA Football caught up with Mamelodi Sundowns in-form striker Percy Tau for a Q&A.
PUMA: What are your strengths as a footballer?
Percy Tau: My strengths as a player are skill, pace and power. I am also a very brave and confident young man.
Pitso Mosimane has been quoted saying you show ‘so much bravery’. What is the source of your strength and courage?
I believe in my abilities first and foremost. The tech team has also done a great job in giving me confidence and liberating me to enjoy my game.
Why can Sundowns win the Leagueagain this year?
We are a very strong team that has grown so much together in the last year, our togetherness and challenges and triumphs of the last year give us confidence. In the end, we will see who will win the championship.
Who has helped you develop your football career and how?
All the coaches have played a part,coach Pitso Mosimane and his assistants coach Rhulani Mokoenaand coach Manqoba Mngqithi. They have all given me advice on different aspects and I appreciate their contribution to my game.
What is the best football/life advice you have received?
To be fearless and to believe in my abilities.
What are your memories of Japan as a country from the Club World Cup?
The food, ha! ha! I found the food to be very strange but I enjoyed everything about the trip.
You scored at the 2016 Fifa Club World Cup. What did you learn from that tournament?
The level of football was very impressive, especially the game against the Japanese team. I think we all learned a lot and it showed us what we have to do to get back to the Club World Cup again. It has motivated the team to strive to qualify again later on this year.
You passed matric with exemption. Youngsters might ask why do you need a matric if you are going to play football for a living. So why is studying important and do you have dreams of completing a degree one day?
Well, my parents always gave me the encouragement to better my education. Studying is very important as it allows footballers to have a back-up plan when they retire or when the football thing does not work out. I would encourage the players to study as we have a lot of time after training. Yes, I believe I am well on my way to finish my degree.
What has attracted you to the PUMA football family?
The evoSPEED SL boot. When PUMA took over Mamelodi Sundowns I tried the boot and I loved it. Themba Zwane is another reason, he has always been telling me about how great PUMA is, so when they approached me I already knew a lot about them.
What do you enjoy about the PUMAevoSPEED SL boot and how does it suit your style of play?
It’s so light and suits my game. Even though the boot feels so light, it still is very comfortable and my feet are well protected.
You have a Twitter account @percytau35 – what do you share on social media and why should fans follow you?
My Twitter is all about sharing my journey with my followers, to give them the Percy Tau they hardly see. I am new to social media but I am enjoying the interaction with the Masandawana family.