Bafana and Vitoria Guimares star Zungu wants Champions League football
Posted: 7 June 2017 Time: 11:00
Bafana Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu has stressed his desire to play Champions League football following a strong second half of the season for Vitoria Guimares in Portugal.
Zungu is rumoured to have attracted interest from Lisbon giants Benfica, who will compete in Europe's premier club competition next term.
The ex-Mamelodi Sundowns star will again feature in the second-tier Europa League in 2017/18 if he spends another year with Vitoria.
Asked by SAFA Media about the speculation surrounding his future, Zungu said: "I have a lot of love for Guimares, it would not be easy for me to leave. They took me from nothing to make me a big player that I am today and that is why when we lost the final against Benfica we all burst into tears because we love that team, on the other hand for me it was tears of having lost the final and that I might be leaving.
"There has been a lot of talk about my departure from the club, it shows that if you know what you want and work hard, things happen. It’s nice to hear my name being linked to several clubs in Europe, it shows that I am doing something right. But just to answer your question, Guimares knows my future, they know what’s best for me and my focus was getting to play for the club and finishing the season strong – whatever happens now only God knows.
"Right now I have shifted focus and preparing for Nigeria, anything else will come afterwards."
Zungu added: "I have always wanted to play Champions League, if a team comes with a good offer and they play Champions League then what more do I want? I have always been a fighter and a winner so that’s where I will go. That’s always been my dream – and my family will tell you so. Just the other day my brother reminded me that I had said one day I will play in the Europa League, now that I have achieved that I want to move up so I can fulfill my dream of Champions League – and that’s a personal goal I will work hard to reach."
Zungu is part of the 25-man Bafana squad that will face Nigeria in the first match of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Uyo on Saturday (18h00 kick-off SA time).
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