How Yaya inspired Zungu to stardom

African Football

Former Mamelodi Sundowns star Bongani Zungu has revealed how Ivory Coast legend Yaya Toure inspired him to become a better footballer.

Zungu currently plies his trade with Ligue 1 side Amiens SC, and has been one of the side's standout players this season, attracting attention from a host of clubs around Europe as a result.

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The Bafana Bafana star is considering his next move following the cancellation of the domestic campaign due to the coronavirus, but recently took time out to discuss his childhood hero. 

"... Growing up, I looked up to Yaya [Toure]. I used to watch a lot of games," Zungu told Get French Football News.

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"[I watched him at] Barcelona back in the day, and then when he was at [Manchester] City, even when I became a professional football player because I'm the type of player that invests a lot of time in football.

"I watch what top midfielders do, or if they have books or documentaries or anything like that. So I can say Yaya Toure was the biggest influence. He was very influential in terms of when he was on the pitch and the things he did."

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Zungu was also asked if learning from Toure had helped him adapt to the different roles he has been asked to play throughout his career. 

"Yeah. Basically, I played all the positions growing up!" the 27-year-old explained.

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"When I made my debut in the second division in South Africa for Dynamos I was a No. 10, you know, and then I went to PSL and played No. 10 for Tuks and then at Sundowns, they decided to move me to 6.

"... There are a lot of players whose coaches are different. I'll go as a 10 and a coach will see me as a 6. So those are the things about Yaya also that I read, and how that affected him or how it impacted him as a player, because it's difficult to make that change."