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Rulani Breaks Silence On Zungu Exit

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena has reacted at the surprise exit of midfielder Bongani Zungu, saying he would’ve loved to keep the player though the decision did not lie in his hands.

Zungu, 31, announced his departure from the DStv Premiership champions on his social media platforms, ending his two-season stay at the Chloorkop outfit after he joined them from French Ligue 1 side Amiens SC in August 2022.

The player had a very close relationship with Mokwena and raised eyebrows when he revealed his exit from Sundowns, with his coach admitting he would’ve been eager to continue working with the player, but that he would put the club’s interests as a priority.

“Always when contracts come to an end it’s quite complicated,” Mokwena told Powerfm987.

“Because it’s the agent, it’s the player, it’s the club, and I don’t get involved in that space. So that space is more for the Sporting Director and the football club.”

When pressed if he would’ve still loved to continue with the player, Rulani said: “Of course, of course yeah!

“Like I would’ve loved to keep Cassius [Mailula], just like I would’ve loved to keep Haashim Domingo. Sometimes in football… Eh, as I said to you. I said to you I would’ve loved to play Esperance on Saturday and it didn’t happen.

“Sometimes in life you don’t get what you want, and that’s the reality of the situation.

“And football is even worse because you go to move on. As I said to you, after 24 hours you’ve got to move on to the most important things because my love for any player at Mamelodi Sundowns doesn’t override my love for the club. My love for the club and doing what’s right for the football club.

“And as I said even in that sense, that is far more important than anything else.”

Zungu made 30 appearances for Masandawana last season, providing three assists. He was also crowned a league champion and won the inaugural African Football League.

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