Former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Bongani Zungu has opened up about his unpleasant experiences in Europe as he looks to spread a positive message to South Africans.
The Bafana Bafana star returned home this week to find the country in a state of turmoil with the spate of violence against women and attacks on foreign nationals, which subsequently lead to the cancellation of the national team’s friendly fixture this weekend.
Amid condemning the incidents, the France-based 26-year-old also revealed his own experiences of discrimination in Europe but highlighted the support he’s received, much like he wishes South Africans would do to those who have been victims here.
“I’ve experienced some racist acts from some of the people there [in Europe], but most of the people in France and even in Portugal – most people in Europe are against it,” revealed Zungu.
“The coaches stand by our side as Africans, but it doesn’t become as bad as it [the Xenophobia] is happening here in South Africa.
“Though I have encountered some racism there, I remain strong. For them, when they see these things happening in South Africa, my teammates start asking me questions like, ‘What’s going on in your country? You guys are Africans but you treat each other like this.’
“So, for us it’s important to try and spread the message and try and be good, you know.”