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NEWS: ‘I didn’t fail in Europe’ – Bongani Zungu

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder, Bongani ‘Ben 10’ Zungu, has dismissed claims he failed in Europe

Bongani Zungu

The 30-year-old returned to Masandawana at the start of the 2022/2023 season following a spell with Rangers, Amiens SC and Vitoria Guimaraes in Europe.

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Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder, Bongani Zungu, has dismissed claims he failed in Europe, revealing that his decision to return to South Africa is more personal than football-related.

The 30-year-old returned to Masandawana at the start of the 2022/2023 season. Ben 10 has been limited to just four games in all competitions. In Europe, he played for Rangers in the Scottish League and Europa League, Vitoria Guimaraes in the Portuguese first division, and Amiens SC in French Ligue 1.

“I decided to come back to South Africa. I had personal reasons for coming back, and I don’t have regrets about my career. It’s just like anything in life; you go through ups and downs, and that’s what happened to me. Other people have faced similar situations, but me coming back doesn’t mean there was something wrong or I failed,” shared Zungu speaking to Prime Sports with Mahlatse.

“People can say whatever, but I’m happy. I came from nothing, and I worked hard, and I worked to play in Europe. I came back because of personal reasons, that’s all. I’m happy, my family is proud of me, and I’m proud of myself. Now I’m at Sundowns. There’s no looking back; I have to try to help the team reach even greater heights.”

“There are no football reasons (for returning). Unfortunately, I can’t share my reasons because it’s personal.”

While there’s no doubt over his quality in midfield, Zungu has struggled for minutes this season and has looked a bit off the pace, having had limited playing time in his last few months in Europe.

Back in October, Sundowns coach, Rulani Mokwena, revealed he wasn’t happy with Ben 10’s fitness.

“He knows I’m not happy (about his fitness progress). He knows he can do more. I’m not afraid to say it here because I’ve told him. But we continue to work.

“The physical trainers have tried to assist him, and it’s not easy because of where Bongani has been in the last two seasons. It has been very difficult for him.”

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