My 2017 review: Bongani Zungu

Players Abroad

Zungu endured some lows and highs this year, having missed out on his first piece of European silverware before earning a move to the French Ligue 1.

Here is what the 25-year-old has to say on all that’s happened in his career so far this year:

'It has been good for me. I didn’t leave Guimaraes in a nice way, and people weren’t happy about that but I had to be strong. I thought I would maybe move to another club – there were interests from a club [in Portugal] that I knew of – and I don’t know how it failed to happen.

However, on the field, my last few months in Portugal were good, I was playing well and the team qualified for the UEFA Europa League. I also played in the Portuguese Cup Final, and scoring against Benfica was really awesome.

When I got to France, the league had already started and I had to quickly get onto my feet in a new system, which was a bit difficult. I felt a bit under pressure because I remember I arrived a day before I made my debut in the Strasbourg game.

Since then, the second half of the year has been great and I think we’ve had a very good first half of the season with Amiens. It could have been better because some games we would play well but fail to score and then concede late goals.

But I definitely would say I’ve had more highs than lows in 2017. I came to a club that is in the top flight for the first time, but lucky enough a very ambitious club given the signings they’ve made.

I’m happy to have found a club with a lot of quality players and I was very happy to be playing amongst them, because as a player you need a group of good players to perform and your best and improve.

Personally, I’m happy with my progress here so far. I scored my first goal – a very nice goal against Metz – the other day [November 25], which I think I needed just to help me settle down, because since then I’ve had quite a few good games.

So, now I’m looking forward to hopefully adding more goals to my tally and continue the good work to hopefully help the team stay in Ligue 1, and with Bafana Bafana I hope to get many more caps in 2018.'

Zungu is already back in France, where he has returned to training as Amiens prepare for their French Cup Round of 64 clash away to Sochaux next Sunday, before hosting a League Cup clash against Paris Saint-Germain on January 10.