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Zungu – I Had To Sacrifice Myself

Bafana Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu reveals why he needed to ‘sacrifice’ himself for Amiens in their recent Coupe de France victory.

Zungu who turned 29 in October appeared on his way out of the Ligue 2 side after reiterating his stance of not wanting to play in the French second-tier.

However, after returning to first-team training the South Africa international has returned to the starting line-up in the domestic cup during the victories over Guingamp and Linas-Montlhéry in the 3rd and 4th round respectively.

But in the dramatic win over the fifth-tier side which saw Linas come back from 3-0 down to force the tie into penalties, Zungu admitted he was made to feature in a rather unfamiliar role.

“I usually play in midfield. The coach told me that there were a lot of cases of Covid and that I had to sacrifice myself for the team,” Zungu, who score in the 6-7 penalty shoot-out victory said.

“I just had to get out there and do my best. For me, it was important to play and win the game for the team, even though I played in defence for the team. I’m happy to have played, and I think I had a good game.”

The former Mamelodi Sundowns star went on to state that he feels there’s still a chance for them to chase promotion as they are nine points off the promotion play-off spots after 19 games played.

“As a team, we now have to refocus on the championship and start winning matches again. The gap in the championship is not huge,” he added.

“If we win two or three matches, we can come back. We must continue to work hard.”

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.