Percy Tau reclaimed the top spot in the social media trending rankings this week after scoring twice in Al Ahly's 4-1 victory over Smouha on Thursday. The victory not only reinforced the stranglehold of the various African club tournament champions on the Egyptian Premiership standings, but it also propelled Tau into an early lead in the hunt for the golden boot.
Since joining Al Ahly from Brighton & Hove Albion in August, the 27-year-old South African has scored five goals. The feat has boosted the player from Emalahleni in Mpumalanga to an equal top scorer alongside Ahmed Zizo Sayed of city rivals Zamalek, which is a fantastic feat to see by this outstanding player. Percy Tau began his four-year deal with Al Ahly last month with a brace against Ismaily in a four-goal triumph, and he also scored in the Red Devils' 3-2 win against Mahalla before Thursday's brace. The skilled striker is definitely enjoying his sport again after a four-year stint in Europe plagued by disaster.
"It was a period in my life when I needed to look after myself." I needed a four-year contract, but I was only on a one-year agreement [remaining at Brighton]. "That alone explains why I joined Al Ahly," Tau told City Press last week while playing for Bafana Bafana in Ghana. His and his colleagues' next official match is more than two weeks away since the Egyptian league is on vacation for the Arab Cup, which comprises North African powerhouses Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria.
The tournament will run from next Tuesday until December 18. Meanwhile, Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane indicated that he was learning about the Egyptian league gradually. "I've just been here for 13 months; give me time, and the team will play the way I want," he told Egypt's online newspaper Kingfut.
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