While Benni McCarthy’s omments about Tau’s move to Al Ahly hold weight because of his stature and having first-hand experience in having to persevere, the other side of the coin is the financial stability the move to Ahly has given Tau.
Reports have indicated that the Bafana star will pocket a whopping R18 Million per annum in Egypt, which could have escalated to a total of about R100 million by the time his contract ends if his new club continues their dominance on the continent and players are given handsome bonuses.
For Tau to earn that kind of money in Europe at this point in time, he would have needed a bit of patience and a rapid rise of his profile in the market.
The media has been informed that the player would have most likely been on around R600 000 a month at Brighton when he arrived from Downs three years ago, given his profile and the club’s modest budget.
With Tau’s contract ending in June next year, the possibility of negotiating a significant increase to match what Ahly are understood to be paying him now would have not been a realistic forecast.
Consider what Soccer Laduma has been told… that Tau felt he was still some way off from making a mark in Europe to jump to those figures so quickly.
Does it then not make sense that he put pen to paper at Ahly to fasttrack his earning potential while also playing regularly under a coach.
Who believes in him?
The football fraternity remains divided!
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