Tau named in Al Ahly's CAF Champions League squad

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Percy Tau of Al Ahly celebrates goal during the CAF Champions League 2021/22 Semifinal 1st Leg match between Al Ahly and ES Setif held at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo, Egypt on 7 May 2022 ©Weam Mostafa/BackpagePix
Percy Tau of Al Ahly celebrates goal during the CAF Champions League 2021/22 Semifinal 1st Leg match between Al Ahly and ES Setif held at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo, Egypt on 7 May 2022 ©Weam Mostafa/BackpagePix

Percy Tau has been named in Al Ahly's CAF Champions League squad despite ongoing speculation surrounding his future at the club.

Having been widely linked with a move away from Al Ahly in recent weeks, South Africa international Percy Tau is now likely to remain with the Egyptian giants this season after he was named in the club's 35-man squad to take part in the 2022/23 CAF Champions League campaign.

The 28-year-old is currently sidelined through injury and will miss Ahly's pre-season preparations while undergoing rehabilitation, but appears to have formed part of new coach Marcel Koller's long-term plans after being included in the squad for the club's push for a record-extending 11th continental title.

He was previously linked with a move to Belgian giants Anderlecht and a reunion with former coach Lukas Elsner at French side Le Havre, while reported talks over a move to Saudi Arabia have also amounted to nothing ahead of the Gulf nation's transfer window closing on Saturday.

Back home in South Africa, Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns were all tenuously credited with an interest in his services, with the PSL transfer window still open until 22 September, although Buccaneers head coach Jose Riveiro emphatically denied any links with the ex-Masandawana star during a recent press conference.

All indications are that Tau will thus remain in Egypt for the 2022/23 campaign, albeit that he is likely to miss the start of the Egyptian Premier League campaign which is set to get underway in less than a month's time, with the first fixtures scheduled for 15 October.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils' Champions League journey starts in the Second Qualifying Round the week before, where they will meet the winner between Rwanda's Armée Patriotique Rwandaise and Tunisia's Union Sportive Monastirienne.

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