Ian Wright believes Percy Tau is good enough to play for Albion in the Premier League.

The Arsenal legend has hit out at the work permit system preventing Tau from playing for the Seagulls.

South African star Tau was signed from Mamelodi Sundowns last summer.

He is on loan for the season to Union-Saint Gilloise, the Belgian club owned by Albion chairman Tony Bloom, to help meet work permit criteria.

Tau plays for South Africa tomorrow in a crucial African Cup of Nations qualifier.

Their ranking is too low to smooth Tau's work permit pathway.

The Argus: Wright (above), speaking during South African club Bloemfontein Celtic's recent tour of England, said: "Look at Percy, I've seen him. You can't tell me Percy cannot play at Brighton. He's good, brilliant. You have to judge people on their abilities.

"It's going to be difficult for South African players to play in England because of the work permit situation and getting South Africa to a level where a player can come straight to England and get the work permit.

"That's why you need football people making these decisions. It's not decisions for government people, football people have to take control of this situation.

"The problem is that they don't take you on talent. They take you on logistics and red-tape."

South Africa will qualify for the AFCON finals in Egypt in June and July if they maintain their unbeaten group record against Libya in Tunisia tomorrow (5pm).

Albion left-back Gaetan Bong (below left) is in action today for Clarence Seedorf's Cameroon in their final AFCON qualifier against Comoros in Yaounde (3pm).

The Argus: The holders need a point to be sure of qualifying for the finals and could leapfrog Morocco at the top of the group.

Shane Duffy's Republic of Ireland have been warned not to underestimate hosts Gibraltar as they launch Mick McCarthy's second spell in charge at the Victoria Stadium tonight (7.45pm).

The Republic coasted to 7-0 and 4-0 wins against the same opponents in Euro 2016 qualifying but Gibraltar have improved since then.

They had their first competitive victories last year against Armenia and Liechtenstein in the Nations League.

Striker Tjay De Barr, 19, said: "Looking back four years ago and looking now, we have bettered ourselves massively and I believe we have got a chance."

Beram Kayal has overcome a health scare and should be available for Israel's Euro 2020 qualifier against Austria in Haifa tomorrow (5pm).

The Albion midfielder vomited during Israel's 1-1 home draw against Slovenia on Thursday evening. The sickness bug forced Kayal off midway through the second half.

Fellow Albion midfielder Davy Propper has to wait to see whether he has done enough to start tomorrow night's showdown for the Netherlands against Germany in Amsterdam (7.45pm).

Propper replaced Martin de Roon for the second half of the 4-0 victory over Belarus for Ronald Koeman's in-form side in Thursday's opening Euro 2020 qualifier against Belarus.