Bafana ace Bongani Zungu vows to step it up against Cape Verde in World Cup qualifying
Posted: 4 September 2017 Time: 12:00
Bafana Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu admitted he wasn't himself in the 2-1 loss to Cape Verde in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday.
Bafana coach Stuart Baxter after the defeat suggested Lebogang Manyama's transfer deadline day move to Turkey may have affected his focus in Praia.
And while Zungu also completed a deadline day switch from Vitoria Guimaraes to Ligue One's SC Amiens, he insists this did not have any bearing on his performance against the islanders.
"No, no, the move didn't affect me. It's football, it happens. I was not 100 percent and I've accepted that I was not 100 percent, but I don't have to make any excuses," said Zungu.
"I just have to pull up my socks and if he [Baxter] gives me another opportunity I have to work hard for the team."
The former Mamelodi Sundowns man, who has 22 caps with three international goals, says the team must "step up" in the return leg at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Tuesday night (19h00).
"Obviously the game there, we had to win it. We got more quality than Cape Verde but it showed that in football you have to be humbled and we are humbled," he added.
"However, we did our match analysis. The coach showed us our mistakes and some of us didn't come to the party, and we need to step up and make sure that we win here tomorrow.
"This is our chance and we'll bounce back - and I'm confident we'll have to step up and win the game."
Bafana are third in Group D with four points from three games - level with Senegal and a point behind leaders Burkina Faso. Cape Verde have three points.