Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane thrilled with Bongani Zungu's progress in Europe
Posted: 4 September 2017 Time: 15:40
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is delighted to see his former player Bongani Zungu making progress in Europe.
After just one season playing for Portuguese outfit Vitoria Guimaraes, Zungu sealed a transfer deadline day move to French Ligue 1 side Amiens SC. Zungu left the chance to play Europa League football with Guimaraes this season to take on the challenge of playing for a team that won promotion from the French Ligue 2.
Amiens are 18th in Ligue 1, which is a 20-team league, on three points after four matches. They’ve registered just one victory, against Nice in late August.
The former Sundowns midfielder was in Cape Verde with Bafana Bafana when the deal was announced and his former coach back home was delighted to hear the news of the move.
“I am humbled. I feel very good for the boy. He came back and gave me his jersey and said ‘coach you have helped me and you have contributed’," Mosimane said.
“I listen to his interviews and he says 'my coach in Portugal is like coach Pitso'. He says ‘he was tough on me, but he made things clear for me’. He said when he arrived in Portugal, he did not have to adjust so much because of what he learnt at Sundowns. The tactics were the same."
Mosimane says he takes pride in contributing immensely to a player’s career.
“Instead of us boasting about trophies, we should ask what have you contributed to a youngster who came to you and can now play in complex environments?
"Sundowns players don’t have a problem in Europe because of the Champions League. They can adjust.”
Zungu made 25 appearances for Guimaraes last season and was adored by supporters who usually showed him love on social media. He had already made four appearances for the club before leaving on deadline day.