Bafana Bafana star Zungu saddened at missing out on World Cup

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Bongani Zungu of Mamelodi Sundowns during the DStv Premiership 2022/23 Mamelodi Sundowns media day at Chloorkop, in Johannesburg on the 31 August 2022 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Bongani Zungu of Mamelodi Sundowns during the DStv Premiership 2022/23 Mamelodi Sundowns media day at Chloorkop, in Johannesburg on the 31 August 2022 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

The start of the FIFA World Cup is ringing bells of frustration for Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Bongani Zungu.

Zungu is imagining that how he could have probably been in Qatar with Bafana Bafana had the senior national team qualified but is now watching from home as he continues working on his fitness at Chloorkop.

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It’s almost a decade since Zungu broke into the Bafana fold through a career that has taken him from ‘nothing’ at home in Duduza, Nigel to Dynamos in Limpopo then Tshwane, and all the way to Portugal, France, and Scotland before returning to Chloorkop.

"When you play the qualifiers, you hope to play in the World Cup but unfortunately it didn’t happen which is sad," points out Zungu who will take interest in Senegal.

The Lions of Teranga feature his former teammate Formose Mendy (21) who he played with at French club Amiens.

"There is one guy who plays in Amiens Formose Mendy.

"He is a young player and I have sent him a message and I was proud to see him there.

"I hope he is going to get a chance to play, and his country can do well," he notes.

In the meantime, Zungu – who has made five appearances since returning to Sundowns and is gradually gathering his fitness – still finds himself answering questions to why he had to return home after six years in Europe.

"Nothing went wrong," he responds.

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"I made a decision with my family to come back to South Africa.

"I decided to come back.

"I had personal reasons and I had to come back.

"I don’t have regrets about my career and just like anything in life you go through ups and downs and that is what happened with me.

"I’m not the last person who is going to face this…other people face similar challenges.

"Coming back does not mean there was something wrong or I failed.

"People can say whatever but I’m happy.

"I come from nothing, worked hard to play in Europe and I came back because of personal reasons 

"There is nothing about failing, I’m happy and my family is proud of me and I’m proud of myself.

"I’m here at Sundowns and there is no looking back and I have to try and help the team reach greater heights," says Zungu.

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