Coach welcomes Zungu selection headache

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Amiens coach Philippe Hinschberger has welcomed the selection headache he faces following Bongani Zungu's return to action.

Zungu made his first league start of the season on Wednesday as Amiens succumbed to a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to promotion-chasing Ajaccio.

Despite the result, the Bafana Bafana midfielder looked assured throughout the 90 minutes where his performance justified positive comments made by coach Philippe Hinschberger ahead of the match.

Amiens currently boast a strong continent of midfield options within their squad which prompted Hinschberger to address questions on how he would field the likes of Zungu & co.

"We have a lot of choices in the midfield, there will necessarily be some players who are unfortunate," the Frenchman said, per Le11 Amienois.

"For the first match [of the year against Ajaccio] the selection will depend on the overall state of fitness of our players. Afterwards, it will depend on the performances by considering the position, which player can be the most effective, the most impactful, etc.

"We played a lot with [Eddy] Gnahoré, [Jessy] Benet and [Arnaud] Lusamba and it went pretty well.

"We also have good news which is the return to fitness of Bongani Zungu because he has a passing quality and a technical quality which is interesting..."

Prior to Wednesday's run-out, Zungu had made just three appearances for the campaign, including an outing in defence during the club's Coupe de France win over ESA Linas-Montlhery earlier in the month.

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

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