Verdict delivered on Zungu’s fifth-division return

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A verdict has been delivered on Bongani Zungu after the Bafana Bafana international made a long-awaited return to action, albeit in the French fifth division.

Having last played a competitive match in April during a loan spell at Rangers, Bongani Zungu returned to the pitch on Saturday when he featured for Amiens' reserve team in the French Championnat National 3.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns star helped the team record a 2-1 win over Le Toquet and left manager Antoine Buron pleased with his performance after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

"We felt that he was short of rhythm but there was this very heavy ground for a recovery," Buron said per Le11 Amienois, referencing the challenging pitch conditions.

"In his positioning, his defensive interventions, his influence on the offensive game, we felt that he was well above National 3 level.

"He will need a little more rhythm to find his most optimal level, but he has been present in the recovery, influenced the game on a technical level, was in a very good frame of mind and very invested.

"He is a boy who has fulfilled his mission. He came to get playing time and help the team win, which is what he did. I have nothing to reproach him with.

"When you haven't played for six months, it's obviously difficult in terms of rhythm and he came out in the 75th minute but he fulfilled his mission by coming with us."

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