Percy Tau recovers from injury in time for Mali clash_1

Injury-hit Bafana Bafana have been boosted by the availability of star player, Percy Tau in the lead up to their Nelson Mandela Challenge clash against Mali in Port Elizabeth.

The 25-year-old spent Thursday's training session on the sideline, and was a doubtful starter for the encounter.

This was after picking up during his Belgian side, Club Brugge's 4-0 thumping of KAA Genk over the weekend.

Percy Tau fit for Mali clash

Bafana team doctor Thulani Ngwenya told the media on Thursday that he expected Tau to be fit to take to the field at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

“We have rested Percy Tau today. He is not injured, he is recovering from an injury. It was just a precautionary rest. Medically‚ I have cleared him for selection. So, it will be up to the coach if he plays on Sunday or not,” he said. Dr Thulani Ngwenya

Tau said he expected to return to training on Friday, looking ahead to his 24th international appearance.

"I think it was just a call from the doctor," he said. "I think I'll be training tomorrow (Friday). I think I'll be fit for Sunday. I want to play on Sunday, and that's why I'm here."

Bafana's walking wounded

Tau was one of four players who have sat out training at some point during the week, with a further three withdrawn from the squad.

Supersport United captain Dean Furman was on the sidelines with the former Mamelodi Sundowns forward on Thursday, alongside Strasbourg striker, Lebo Mothiba and Kaizer Chiefs' Erick Mathoho.

Coach Molefi Ntseki has also had to call up three new players after being forced to let go of as many.

Cape Town City defender, Thamsanqa Mkhize was one of the first to leave the camp alongside Bidvest Wits keeper, Brandon Peterson. The duo were replaced by Tshepo Rikhotso of Bloemfontein Celtic and Richard Goss respectively.

Bafana suffered another injury blow later in the week, with Afcon hero Bongani Zungu also withdrawing from the squad, with Highlands Park's Mothobi Mvala called up in his place.

The match on Sunday kicks off at 15:00.

Bafana Bafana squad vs Mali

Goalkeepers: Darren Keet (Leuven, Belgium), Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Ricardo Goss (Bidvest Wits).

Defenders: Eric Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Buhle Mkhwanazi, Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits), Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Mosa Lebusa (Mamelodi Sundowns), Tshepo Rikhotso (Bloemfontein Celtic), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates).

Midfielders: Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford, England), Thato Mokeke (CT City), Dean Furman (SuperSport United), Lebogang Phiri (Guingamp, France), Mothobi Mvala (Highlands Park), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates), Thulani Serero (Al Jazira, Abu Dhabi), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier, France).

Strikers: Lebo Mothiba (Strasbourg, France), Bradley Grobler (SuperSport United), Kermit Erasmus (CT City), Percy Tau (Club Brugge, Belgium).