When already established stars in the Mamelodi Sundowns first-team made it hard for Percy Tau to break into the squad, let alone the match day squad, and then being sent out on loan to Witbank Spurs in the National First Division, he looked at it as an opportunity, an opportunity to toughen up.
The 24-year-old has now signed with English Premier League club Brighton and Albion Hove, nicknamed the Seagulls, after a tug-of-war between the English club’s chequebook and Patrice Motsepe’s resolve.
When he returned to Sundowns at the beginning of the 2016/17 season, he started showing his talent in bags.
The Kay Motsepe Leauge school’s league star has shown enough class to be called up for Bafana Bafana, for whom he’s emerging as a leading forward. His big match temperament has shown time and again asTau scored on his Bafana debut in the friendly against Guinea-Bissau.
Tau completed his megabucks move to Brighton and Hove Albion in mid-July, in a deal reported to be worth around R50 million on a four-year deal.
Tau, and many other PSL stars – past and present – prove that the Kay Motsepe League is a showcase for the country's school boy ability and an opening for them to be scouted by the youth structures of top two tier clubs (PSL and NFD), from where they can launch a career all the way to national player of the year and latest sporting import, like Percy Tau has, and many more before him.