Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Eric Tinkler says that watching Percy Tau grace some of the most iconic football pitches in the world is a joy to behold, adding that the young striker had the ability now to draw audiences back to South Africa.

The 25-year-old Tau was all over television screens across the globe on Tuesday night when he helped his Belgian team, Club Brugge, secure a compelling 2-2 draw with Real Madrid at one of the most famous stadiums in the world, the Santiago Bernabeu, in the European Champions League.


Tinkler says it made him proud watching the striker perform in the biggest club competition on the planet.

Tau, who is on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion in England, provided an assist for his Nigerian team-mate Emmanuel Dennis.

His performances have drawn plaudits from all across the world, more so because his team had taken a point from the most successful club side in history, and had at one point led 2-0, before being hauled back by Madrid.

Tinkler believes that performances like Tau’s will bring back foreign interest to the country after a few lean years when successful South African exports to Europe have been few and far between.

Report by Thahir Asmal