Zungu: I can improve


Zungu, who is in the South Africa squad to face Morocco on October 11, says his Mamelodi Sundowns mentor Pitso Mosimane’s demanding nature is keeping him on his toes as he strives to get better.

"I’m very happy with the start I have had at Sundowns. I have played all the games and I’m working hard, but there is a room for improvement," Zungu says.

"The coach is too demanding and he wants players who work harder, and that has been working for me. I always do what the coach wants and follow his instructions to the book. He always tells me I can do more, which I can and I just have to keep level-headed.

"Yesterday the coach told me that the difference between me and European players is that I rush – that I’m all over the show, but I must be calm. I run a lot and my last game against Wits I did 13.5 kilometers so I need to calm down a bit."

At international level, Zungu got the crowd on their feet when Bafana beat Burkina Faso 2-1 in August but national team coach Gordon Igesund had a go at the 20-year-old away from the cameras.

Zungu, with three caps, reveals: "I hold on to the ball too much… No one knows that the coach shouted at me when we played Burkina Faso and he told me to play two-touches.

"So I need to reduce my time on the ball and become more effective."