Having returned to Mamelodi Sundowns at the start of the season, midfielder Bongani Zungu has revealed how the league has changed between his two spells in the South African top-flight.
Six years after leaving Sundowns for Portuguese side Vitória de Guimarães, which was succeeded by spells in France with Amiens and Scotland with Rangers, Zungu completed a highly anticipated return to South Africa in August when he was unveiled as a new signing by the reigning DStv Premiership champions.
The 30-year-old is yet to return to full fitness with Masandawana and has been limited to just 180 minutes of action across five competitive appearances this season, but has seen enough to know that local football has developed while he was plying his trade abroad.
"The game has changed. Seeing how players have developed, you see Teboho Mokoena at Sundowns his physique… Players run and the game is much faster," Zungu said.
"There is a lot of talent so yeah, it has changed. Teams play now. There is not as much parking the bus, a lot of teams player and are doing well. SuperSport United have got some quality players and they run and fight, so it has changed."
Meanwhile, in the latest edition of the Mamelodi Sundowns Magazine, Zungu revealed that he was delighted ot be back at Chloorkop and that he has been moved by the reception he has received from the club's supporters since his return.
"It feels great to be back with players I have developed my career alongside. The warm welcome I also received from the fans was really amazing," he said.
"Even before I signed, I could see fans reacting positively to rumours about me joining the club. The atmosphere at the stadium was electric during the announcement. I couldn’t be happier."