Mamelodi Sundowns' Hlompho Kekana tips Bongani Zungu for greater heights abroad
Posted: 17 July 2017 Time: 16:59
Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana has backed Bongani Zungu to move to a bigger league in Europe because of his positive attitude towards improving his game.
Zungu enjoyed a memorable debut season in Portugal at Vitoria Guimaraes, scoring in a Portuguese cup final defeat to giants Benfica in May.
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane had said that he felt Zungu needed one more season in the PSL before making a move to Europe, but the midfielder settled in quicker than expected and established himself as a regular in the starting line-up for Guimaraes, who qualified for the Uefa Europa League.
Zungu has an opportunity to join the likes of Steven Pienaar, Thulani Serero, Lucas Radebe and Benni McCarthy who have played in Uefa club competitions and that’s where his game will continue to grow.
“I am so happy for him. I don’t think anything will stop him in Europe. He has football brains and that’s what you need in this game. I see him playing in one of the top leagues in the world,” Kekana tells KickOff.com.
Kekana formed a formidable partnership with Zungu in Sundowns’ central midfield and was impressed with how the lanky player conducted himself on the pitch.
“Bongani was here [at Sundowns] when he was 21 and the attitude was good, so I see him making it in Europe. As a player, you need to have room for improvement all the time. I am 32 today and I feel I still have a lot to learn. So he will always keep learning,” Kekana adds.