Verdict delivered after Zungu's first-team recall

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Amiens coach Philippe Hinschberger has reflected on Bongani Zungu's performance after the Bafana Bafana international made his long-awaited return to first-team football. 

Zungu made his first senior appearance of the season for Amiens when he started in the club's 3-2 Coupe de France Round of 64 victory over Guingamp on Saturday evening.

The 29-year-old had previously featured in just two reserve team matches for the campaign before being named in the run-on XI for the clash against Amiens' Ligue 2 rivals.

However, despite his lack of game time, the former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder performed admirably before being substituted in the 87th-minute as coach Hinschberger looked to hold onto the win. 

"It was a tidy performance, I think," the French tactician reflected on Zungu's return after the match, per Le11 Amienois.

"We had a lot of the ball when we were on the pitch so it was pretty good for him. After the hour of play, it became difficult [but it was a tidy performance]."

Zungu's reintegration into the first team comes just over a month after he was publicly accused by Hinschberger of having a "weight problem" and lacking the "physique of a professional footballer."

In the period in between, the Bafana Bafana international impressed with the reserve team in an attempt to regain his match fitness and will have taken another step towards regular football with Saturday's showing.

His long-term future at the club remains in doubt, however, as his contract is set to expire at the end of the 2021/22 campaign. 

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