Hugo Broos named a provisional 34-man Bafana Bafana squad on Tuesday in order to begin preparations for the important back-to-back 2022 Soccer World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia in October.
Bafana Bafana leads Group G with four points after a 0-0 stalemate with Zimbabwe at the National Sports Stadium in Harare and a 1-0 victory over Ghana at the FNB Stadium.
On Saturday, October 9th, Bafana Bafana will meet their East African opponents in Ethiopia, before welcoming them to the FNB Stadium on Tuesday, October 12th.
Hugo Broos' squad will be whittled down to a final 23 players on Saturday, September 25th, in a live announcement on SABC 1.
Tau hasn't played since, and according to Al Ahly's medical team, he's anywhere from "two weeks to a month" away from returning to fitness.
The first Ethiopia v Bafana Bafana encounter is exactly 17 days from the date of publication, thus there's a slim chance Tau will fly to Addis Ababa with no game experience.
PROVISIONAL 34-MAN BAFANA BAFANA SQUAD:
GOALKEEPERS: Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs), Sifiso Mlungwana (Golden Arrows)
DEFENDERS: Sydney Mobbie (Sekhukhune United), Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Njabulo Blom (Kaizer Chiefs), Terrence Mashego (Cape Town City), Sifiso Hlanti (Kaizer Chiefs), Vusi Sibiya (Baroka FC), Rushine De Reuck (Mamelodi Sundowns), Siyanda Xulu (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Thibang Phete (Belenenses SAD), Njabulo Ngcobo (Kaizer Chiefs), Mosa Lebusa (Mamelodi Sundowns), Luke Fleurs (SuperSport United), Tercious Malepe (AmaZulu)
MIDFIELDERS: Thabani Zuke (Golden Arrows), Mothobi Mvala (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sphephelo Sithole (Belenenses), Yusurf Maart (Sekhukhune United), Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United), Goodman Mosele (Orlando Pirates), Ethan Brooks (TS Galaxy), Jesse Donn (SuperSport United)
FORWARDS: Thabiso Kutumela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Maritzburg United), Evidence Makgopa (Baroka FC), Victor Letsoalo (Royal AM), Luther Singh (F.C Copenhagen), Percy Tau (Al Ahly), Vincent Pule (Orlando Pirates), Mduduzi Mdantsane (Cape Town City FC), Tshegofatso Mabasa (Orlando Pirates)
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