Domestic football action paves way for national team focus as the FIFA break kicks-off this coming Sunday, and Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has nothing but praise for his striker Percy Tau following his hair-raising UEFA Champions League exploits against Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The Belgium based pint-sized forward was a menace as his side Club Brugge played out to a 2-2 draw against the 11-time champions this week and Ntseki says he expects the 25-year-old to be full of confidence when he reports for camp on Monday ahead of Bafana’s Nelson Mandela Challenge clash with Mali at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium next weekend.

Brugge will next play star-studded French team Paris-Saint Germain later this month and the Bafana mentor says he isn’t surprised by how quickly Tau has settled to life in Europe having joined English side Brighton and Hove Albion from Mamelodi Sundowns last year, and being immediately loaned out to Belgian sides Union SG and now Brugge.

Tau joins the likes of Steven Pienaar, Lucas Radebe, Thulani Serero, Benni McCarthy, Dino Ndlovu, Quinton Fortune, Hans Vonk and Nasief Morris in playing in the illustrious European competition and Ntseki says the invaluable experience Tau and those before him earned bodes well for our football.

The clash against the Malians will be Ntseki’s first assignment on the hot seat since his appointment last month and the 50-year-old says this will be the perfect preparation for his side ahead of the crunch AFCON qualifiers against Ghana and Sudan next month. – Report by Tumi Gabonamong