Percy Tau: Bafana Bafana star opens up on Ronwen Williams captaincy and new-look squad

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Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau has played down concerns over the perceived lack of experience in the new-look squad and backed Ronwen Williams as captain.

Williams was confirmed as the new national team captain, replacing Thulani Hlatshwayo, who's yet to receive a call-up since Broos was appointed as head coach.

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The SuperSport United skipper will be supported by Tau in the vice-captain role with the responsibility to guide some of the new talent being drafted into the youthful squad.

Nine of the 23 players are under the age of 25, while only four players, including Tau and Williams, have exceeded the 10 caps mark in the squad to face Zimbabwe and Ghana in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

But Tau feels there's enough in the 24-man squad to suggest they can compete and played down the notion that the leadership group will have to change their roles now.

"I think our roles don't change much even though there are titles to it, it doesn't change much he [Ronwen] has been a senior player at the back, he's been a senior player in his team and I've been a senior player in the team so not much has changed," Tau told the media.

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"I think the guys have played in Cosafa [Cup], some have played in the Olympics, some of them come from CAF, so I think there is experience [for international football]. We just need to integrate everything and work together as a team."

South Africa face Zimbabwe on Friday in Harare before returning to Mzansi to face the Black Stars at FNB Stadium three days later.

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=7. Siphiwe Tshabalala, Steven Pienaar, Mbulelo Ma
=7. Siphiwe Tshabalala, Steven Pienaar, Mbulelo Mabizela, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Dean Furman, Andile Jali, Tokelo Rantie & Teboho Mokoena – 2 goals each
2. Philemon Masinga – 6 goals
2. Philemon Masinga – 6 goals
=5. Benni McCarthy – 3 goals
=5. Benni McCarthy – 3 goals
=5. Delron Buckley – 3 goals
=5. Delron Buckley – 3 goals
4. Sibusiso Zuma – 4 goals
4. Sibusiso Zuma – 4 goals
1. Shaun Bartlett – 7 goals
1. Shaun Bartlett – 7 goals
3. Bernard Parker – 5 goals
3. Bernard Parker – 5 goals