|Full name||Jimmy Rabaholo Tau|
|Date of birth||23 July 1980|
|Place of birth||Kimberley, South Africa|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 July 2013.
Jimmy Tau (born 23 July 1980 in Kimberley, Northern Cape) is a retired South African football (soccer) defender who last played for Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier Soccer League. He also represented South Africa.
Tau signed for Orlando Pirates ahead of the 2002/ 2003 campaign, going on to win the league with the Buccaneers that season.
Tau joined Chiefs in 2005. His debut for Chiefs was in the SAA Supa 8 ¼ final on 20 August 2005 in a 2–1 loss to Bloemfontein Celtic. His first goal for Chiefs came in a league match against Silver Stars on 23 April 2006 winning 2–1. Tau went on the captain Chiefs in an eight year stay that coincided with the club winning two Nedbank Cup trophies, two MTN8 cups, three Telkom Knockout winners’ medals, and the 2012/ 2013 Absa Premiership trophy. By the end of his spell Tau had played 210 matches for Chiefs.
Tau made his international debut on 8 October 2003 in a 3–0 win over Lesotho in Maseru. He was a participant in the 2006 AFCON. He played his last international match on 28 March 2007 against Bolivia in a 1–0 loss coming in as a substitute for Cyril Nzama.
Style of play
Tau announced his retirement from professional football on his 33rd birthday at the Conference Centre, Soweto Hotel in Gauteng on 23 July 2013. He also cited his injury being one of the reasons for his retirement.
In December 2012, Tau became the director of Bataung Memorial Tombstones, a tombstone manufacturing company based in Katlehong. Tau was one of three former sportsmen featured on Survivor SA filmed in October 2013 on an island off Malaysia in the South China Sea including former Lazio defender Mark Fish and former Springbok captain Corne Krige. Tau described the island as "a beautiful island, that is extremely hot and very humid". Tau released his autobiography on December 25, 2013 called "Jimmy Tau - My Life Story".
- Jimmy Tau at National-Football-Teams.com
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