Zwane, 34, led his club side Mamelodi Sundowns to the African Football League title but with time ticking on his career he says he’s hoping to win the Africa Cup of Nations.
And with the Springboks and Proteas World Cup campaigns uniting the nation, Tau says they are doing their utmost best to continue the positivity around Mzansi.
“It’s just us [not doing well], look, man, we’re trying – we’re trying but the other guys are doing well, we recently saw the Rugby World Cup and the Proteas are also trying their best to try and win but there will be a moment like this,” Tau said.
“We ask South African [fans] to stay with us, we always come here and give 100%, we want them to see we give 100%.”
When asked directly about him as part of the senior figures’ desire for international success, which would be the upcoming AFCON in Ivory Coast and qualifying for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, Tau said there experience will be crucial for those targets.
“It’s true [the motivation for success gets higher], I think you get to realise my time is coming to an end so every moment then starts to become more important to you,” he continued.
“How you look after yourself, you know you don’t have time so you try and win every tournament. We’re getting closer to 35, so you just want to win anything and the hunger, you get more experience, you know how to react in certain situations.
“If you lost or missed a penalty in the last AFCON, you know what to do in the next one. That also pushes you to say I want to be there again and win.
“I would [love to win something], it would mean so much to me, I’ve won at most places I’ve been, it’s only the national team 1700301335, it would be really nice to win something.”
South Africa kick off their 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign against Benin on Saturday at Moses Mabhida Stadium (15h00).