Percy Tau’s Fine Football-Study Mix! Bafana Bafana AND Club Brugge star Percy Tau is juggling life on and off the soccer field with aplomb of a veteran.
Tau is currently in the midst of a busy football season with Club Brugge in the Belgian domestic season and the ever demanding Uefa Champions League.
Studying and establishing a career are no easy demands for the 25-year-old South African football poster boy who seems to be taking it all as he is in the form of his life.
In an interview with the Belgian newspaper De Standaard, Tau narrated the motivations and inspiration in preparing for life after football.
“My mother thinks it is important that we think about our careers. My brothers and I study and my sisters work.”
“When my mother calls me‚ she always asks me about my studies first. Did you do your homework or you must finish that presentation. Then she asks about football like who are you playing against and about my life and how I’m getting on.” said Tau
Tau who limped off the field with a suspected ankle injury in Club Brugges’ match against KAA Gent in the Belgian Pro League over the weekend maintains how he keeps his focus in life despite the busy schedule on the field of play.
“I can do my research on my phone and if I don’t understand something‚ I ask for an explanation by e-mail. But that happens less and less‚ I do research on my own. When I come across something interesting‚ I take a screenshot and save it. If I have to go to a library or some other institution‚ I will ask for help.” explained Tau on how he fits work in between training‚ playing and travelling.
Footballers might not have a reputation for intelligence, but Tau is proving to have brains on top of his amazing talent.
“Now I’m doing a postgraduate degree in management‚ researching strategic management‚” he said
Tau was in dazzling form last week for his Belgian club against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu and will definitely relish a match-up against Neymar and Paris St Germain in the next Champions League group game as he enjoys his place in the sun of world football.
By Gerald Dandah