Bafana Forwards Mothiba, Tau Plan To Wreck Havoc On Super Eagles

Bafana Bafana forwards Lebogang Mothiba and Percy Tau are looking to grow in their partnership which could play a crucial role in spearheading the team past Nigeria in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Nigeria on Saturday.



It has been a while since the national team boasted a European-based duo up front, with Mothiba and Tau earning international experience at their respective clubs in France and Belgium.


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Their combination proved fruitful when they first partnered up front in Bafana’s 6-0 drubbing of Seychelles at the FNB Stadium last month, with the two carving our numerous chances after nifty exchanges of passes in and around the box.


Many will be looking to the pair this weekend when South Africa take on The Super Eagles in their penultimate 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, and the Strasbourg star is feeling the growing connection.


“I like playing with Percy because he’s very quick and very skilful. I like having him around me because I can just keep the ball and lay it off to him and he can dribble,” Mothiba told Kickoff.com.


“I like playing with him and our communication is very good. We speak well and even at training we laugh together and speak, so I like playing with him.”


Meanwhile, the burly 22-year-old feels the absence of Nigeria’s top scorer Odion Ighalo could be advantageous for Bafana but is wary of their wealth of talent and experience that can replace the injured striker.


“It’s very important for us because we know their best striker is injured, but that is no reason for us to feel as if everything is fine and we can relax,” he noted.


“Because they have other strikers, and you know Nigeria have good strikers with strong physiques and pace, so we just have to prepare thoroughly and do well in our preparations therefore.”


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  • Austin 4 years ago

    The confidence and partnership of Mothiba and Tau is not because they pair so well that they cannot be stopped but simply because the South African coach had told them his perceived eagles’ weaknesses. This pair had believed that they can pair well to wreak havoc in the eagle’s defence. I would like our right and left full backs to concentrate throughout the match. The defensive midfielders needs to be awake too. Our wingers must always return to help the midfield in stopping those passes and crosses so that the last line defence won’t have much pressure. Of course I trust our gallant attackers and hope that iwobi will be on fire and hope he will be well partnered by our wingers. with these and the right substitutions, there will be good prospects of winning the match or at worst, a draw.

  • Omo9ja 4 years ago

    Ahhhh South Africans are making a big mistake. Seychelles is not Nigeria. though we were beaten 2-0 which I think was a mistake. What we need to do on Saturday is very very simple and I am 100% sure that coach Rohr would repeated the same tactics this weekend.

    He asked his players to stopped Indomitable lions of Cameroon from playing their style of play and he won 4-0

    He also did the same thing against Libya and gotten the same results 4-0
    Now, I am expecting Eagles to step pacey South African team from running. That is their strength. We all know this too well. This Bafana Bafana would be frustrated and Nigeria will shocked them by beating them with a wide margins. Please coach Rohr get your tactics right. Anything less than victory on Saturday is a failure which is not acceptable. Against South Africa, Argentina and Croatia, coach Rohr failed but this is the last opportunity for him to prove to the Nigerians that his capable to deliver when it is matter most. I want to come here after the match on Saturday to congratulate you Mr. Rohr for a job well done. Please sir, do your homework to the best of your knowledge before the match day. Victory is ours by God’s grace. However, South Africans have nothing but mouth. We will humble them by God’s grace. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Dr. Drey 4 years ago

      “Anything less than victory on Saturday is a failure which is not acceptable”
      Hahahaha……go and sack him if he doesnt win na…!
      A coach has once again qualified us for a major competition with games to spare and some people are talking of ‘proving himself’….Lolz.

  • Who is this omo9ja that is always talking he is the that employed this man. Honestly his comments always infuriate me. Must the Rohr win every match even coach like Guardiola and co do lose some match.. complete sports editor suppose to delete this rude called omo9ja comments

  • Honestly this omo9ja is very rude. his comments always lack sense.

  • U have spoken my mind bro

  • Our coaches should stop being lazy and cast our goalkeeper search net wider. Why must we always get stuck to some select few?
    The following goalkeepers deserve a look-in: Sebastian Osigwe of FC Kriens,Switzerland; Gavin Bazunu of Shamrock Rovers(we’ve got to snatch him up ASAP); David Nwolokor(the most consistent Nigerian goalkeeper in Europe over the past two seasons) of FC Sered,Slovakia; Author Okonkwo of Arsenal; Maduka Okoye of Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany etc.
    We need to start integrating these young goalkeepers and others into the Super Eagles fold else we might experience a goalkeeper crisis when the likes of Ezenwa(31 years old), Akpeyi(32 years old) and Afelokhai(31 years old) hang their gloves soonest.


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