'Zungu's return will strengthen us'

SA Players Abroad

Amiens president Bernard Joannin has backed Bongani Zungu's impending return to the pitch to help the club climb out of the Ligue 2 relegation zone.

Labelled as contenders to secure promotion to the French top flight at the start of the campaign, things have not gone to plan for Amiens this season and the club currently finds themselves languishing in 18th position in the log standings

Les Licornes have won only one of their opening 11 matches thus far and have taken just nine points from a possible 33, leaving the club in a precarious position as the half-way mark of the season approaches.

Joannin admits his concerns surrounding the team's current form but stressed that results will turn once the club's new recruits settle into their roles, while also anticipating the respective returns of Zungu and Eddy Gnahoré to provide a much-needed boost.

"It is insufficient, it is difficult to say otherwise," he told Courrier Picard on the club's situation. "We deserved a few more points.

"On the other hand, I have the impression that we have provided the coach with a quality workforce that has been built up over the days after a long summer transfer window.The recruits are of quality.

"They waited until the last moment because they were hoping to play in Ligue 1 and as we have a reputation as a serious club with great facilities, they finally agreed to sign with us.

"The group took a long time to form and it will be strengthened with the return of Zungu, blocked in South Africa for two months because of Covid-19, and Eddy Gnahoré, victim of a cruciate ligament rupture during the season last.

"That said, let's not take our heads off that we are in 18th place and that we are on the precipice [of a relegation battle]."

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