Newly-appointed Bafana Bafana vice-captain Percy Tau has defended his decision to leave Brighton & Hove Albion for Al Ahly.
In his own words, Tau said he put himself and his needs before everything else when he sat down and thought about his future.
Tau said he didn’t see the reason to stay at Brighton when he was not playing, saying everyone, himself included, wants to see him play.
“In my decision process, I consider myself and how I feel,” Tau told reporters.
“I know that I will always have the support of the nation. South Africa is a footballing nation. So, what’s the point of me staying when I’m not playing?” he asked.
“I know that everyone wants to see me play, I want to see myself play, and my family wants to see me play,” continued Tau.
The 27-year-old left-footer also weighed in on what a section of football fans thinks of his move from Brighton to Al Ahly.
And all the negative comments about him possibly taking a step backwards in his football career don’t seem to bother Tau.
“I know that people will always have an opinion, we are a big country. You can’t close that window but then I’ve made such moves before. It’s part of my career to move around,” explained Tau.
“Someone feels, ‘if you stayed there you would’ve been okay’, but I feel like you don’t know what I’m going through here. You’re only at home and I’m going through something here,” added Tau.