Percy Tau's Al Ahly absence explained

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Record 10-time African champions Al Ahly parted ways with head coach Pitso Mosimane on Monday after the former Mamelodi Sundowns boss requested to leave the club.

Mosimane's departure brought to an end a highly successful era at the club during which he guided Ahly to two CAF Champions Leagues, two CAF Super Cups and the Egyptian Cup.

His exit did, however, raise concerns among South African fans for the future of countryman Percy Tau, who has endured a miss-and-hit season since joining the Egyptian side last year.

These concerns were compounded on Tuesday when Tau was excluded from the club's matchday squad to face Sharkia Eastern Company on Wednesday evening.

There is nothing sinister behind his absence, though, as the club confirmed that the Bafana Bafana star is only returning from international duty to Egypt on the game day.

"...Our national players will return to the team after Egypt’s friendly game against South Korea [on Tuesday]," the club said in a statement earlier this week.

"...Percy Tau will arrive in Cairo on Wednesday, while [Tunisia international] Ali Maaloul will arrive on Thursday."

Tau was part of the South Africa squad who lost their opening 2023 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Morocco last week Thursday.

8. Thamsanqa Gabuza – 3 goals
8. Thamsanqa Gabuza – 3 goals
=1. Percy Tau – 8 goals
=1. Percy Tau – 8 goals
7. Delron Buckley – 4 goals
7. Delron Buckley – 4 goals
6. Shaun Bartlett – 5 goals
6. Shaun Bartlett – 5 goals
=4. Tokelo Rantie – 6 goals
=4. Tokelo Rantie – 6 goals
=4. Benni McCarthy – 6 goals
=4. Benni McCarthy – 6 goals
2. Philemon Masinga – 7 goals
2. Philemon Masinga – 7 goals
=1. Sibusiso Zuma – 8 goals
=1. Sibusiso Zuma – 8 goals