BAFANA star Percy Tau recently made his debut in Belgium’s top flight, and is set to take one step closer towards appearing in the Uefa Champions League.
His new club, Belgian Pro League outfit, Club Bruges will take part in the play-off of the prestigious tournament when they play host to Ukraine giants Dynamo Kyiv in the third qualifying round of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Tau who made an immediate impact for “The Blue Black”, finding the net on debut in a 6-0 thumping of Sint Truiden.The 25-year-old who won the African Champions League with Mamelodi Sundowns‚ was on Monday named by coach Philippe Clement in his 20-man squad for the match.
Bruges‚ qualified for the tournament after finishing second in the Belgian league last season‚ are forced to enter the competition early – two rounds before the group stage where Tau would get an enormous opportunity to show his talent to the world.
But first Bruges must win on aggregate over the Ukraine club – the second leg away in the Ukraine is on Tuesday‚ 13 August – and then get past either FC Basle of Switzerland or LASK Linz of Austria in the final playoff rounds.
Bruges were in the group stage of last season’s Champions League but because they got direct entry as 2018 Belgian champions.
But it was tough going for the club who won only one of their six games – 4-0 away at Monaco – and finished third in their group behind Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid.
Bruges are confident after Friday’s demolition job but their coach Clement has warned:
“The match against Dynamo Kiev is one at a whole different level, Clement told the club website.
“We have a very good picture of Kiev.
“This morning there was another team meeting where Eduard Sobol, who had been active in the Ukrainian first class for a long time, was a good assistant. He also only agreed that everything I told was correct.”