Bafana Bafana coach – Hugo Broos has explained what accounted for the exclusion of Percy Tau from his latest call up ahead of South Africa’s double-header against Group G rivals Ethiopia.

“Percy is injured, that’s the problem,” Broos said during his squad announcement on SABC Sport.

“He picked up an injury in the game against Ghana and he went back to his team and he didn’t train, he didn’t play.

“He started training last Friday so I phoned him and I said, ‘Hey, Percy, what’s happening?’ and he said, ‘Yes, I am injured. I am starting training on Friday’ which was two days ago, so I think Percy is not ready.

“When Percy comes to the national team he has to play, he’s an important player, too important for us [to risk] so I can’t take him. I said, ‘Okay, you are no training so, be on the bench’, but then maybe he comes in the game and he has an injury again.

“So, I talked to him and he understood it and I said, ‘Try to be ready for next month because that could maybe be an even more important month than this one.”

Full Bafana Bafana Squad

Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams (captain), Veli Mothwa, Bruce Bvuma

Defenders: Nyiko Mobbie, Rushine De Reuck, Njabulo Ngcobo, Siyanda Xulu, Mosa Lebusa, Sifiso Hlanti, Terrence Mashego

Midfielders: Mothobi Mavala, Teboho Mokoena, Yusuf Maart, Thabani Zuke, Ethan Brooks, Goodman Mosele

Strikers: Evidence Makgopa, Victor Letsoalo, Thabiso Kutumela, Bongokuhle Hlongwane Vincent Pule, Tshegofatso Mabasa.

Bafana currently sit atop Group G with four points having beaten Ghana 1-0 at FNB Stadium and drawing 0-0 with Zimbabwe in Harare.

South Africa will travel to Addis Ababa to face Ethiopia on Saturday, October 9 before hosting the same opponents for the return leg at FNB Stadium on Tuesday, October 12.

By Godfred Kwasi Yeboah