Dean Furman reveals disappointed at Bongani Zungu's failed Rangers spell

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Zungu spent the 2020/21 season on loan at Rangers from French side Amiens and was part of the squad that went on to win the Scottish Premiership title for the first time since 2011, ending rivals Celtic's nine-year hold of the trophy.

However, the Bafana Bafana star's role in the club's triumph was limited to just one start in 14 league matches as off-field controversies and a lack of opportunity, combined with off-field controversies relegated him to a bit-part role.

For Furman, who made his professional debut for Rangers in 2008, Zungu's failure to make the grade in Scotland came as a disappointment given his first-hand knowledge of his former teammate's qualities.

"Last season there was even more interest in Rangers with Bongani Zungu being there, who I played with at South Africa, and I was really excited for him," Furman told Rangers Review. "I thought it could be a really good fit for him but unfortunately it didn’t quite work out.

"Maybe that was down to the success of the team. If the team does that well, the player doesn’t really get an opportunity, he gets 15 minutes here and a cup game there. It’s very hard to, all of a sudden, kind of showcase yourself in such a short space of time.

"I know there was some off the field stuff in which he didn’t help himself. I was disappointed for him that he had a real opportunity to showcase some South African talent and it didn’t quite happen."

Bongani Zungu – Rangers, Scotland (2020/21)
Bongani Zungu – Rangers, Scotland (2020/21)
Sibusiso Zuma – FC Copenhagen, Denmark (2002/03 &
Sibusiso Zuma – FC Copenhagen, Denmark (2002/03 & 2003/04)
Benni McCarthy – Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands (1997
Benni McCarthy – Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands (1997/98) and FC Porto (2003/04 & 2005/06)
Bernard Parker – FC Twente, Netherlands (2009/10)
Bernard Parker – FC Twente, Netherlands (2009/10)
Quinton Fortune – Manchester United, England (2002
Quinton Fortune – Manchester United, England (2002/03)
Percy Tau – Club Brugge, Belgium (2019/20)
Percy Tau – Club Brugge, Belgium (2019/20)
Steven Pienaar – Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands (2001
Steven Pienaar – Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands (2001/02 & 2003/04)
Thulani Serero – Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands (2011
Thulani Serero – Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands (2011/12, 2012/13 & 2013/14)
Nasief Morris – Panathinaikos, Greece (2004)
Nasief Morris – Panathinaikos, Greece (2004)
Anele Ngcongca – KRC Genk, Belgium (2010/11)
Anele Ngcongca – KRC Genk, Belgium (2010/11)
Tsepo Masilela – Maccabi Haifa, Israel (2008/09 &
Tsepo Masilela – Maccabi Haifa, Israel (2008/09 & 2010/11)
Macbeth Sibaya – Rubin Kazan, Russia (2008 & 2009)
Macbeth Sibaya – Rubin Kazan, Russia (2008 & 2009)
Jacob Lekgetho – Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia (2002 &
Jacob Lekgetho – Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia (2002 & 2004)
Thembinkosi Fanteni – Maccabi Haifa, Israel (2008/
Thembinkosi Fanteni – Maccabi Haifa, Israel (2008/09)
Siyabonga Nomvethe – Aalborg, Denmark (2007/08)
Siyabonga Nomvethe – Aalborg, Denmark (2007/08)
Tokelo Rantie – Malmo, Sweden (2013)
Tokelo Rantie – Malmo, Sweden (2013)
Scroll through the gallery to see some of the Sout
Scroll through the gallery to see some of the South African players who have won league titles in Europe