Bafana Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu has cleared the air over comments he made to the media about his his situation at French Ligue 2 side Amiens.
Amiens are currently bottom of the Ligue 2 table, with Zungu earlier expressing his frustration at not being given the opportunity to help the team.
Zungu did not have a pre-season with Amiens
Zungu had already endured a rather turbulent close season since returning to Amiens from his loan spell at Glasgow Rangers last season. The lanky midfielder returned to the French club late from pre-season and which set him behind the others. He was obliged to quarantine as per Covid-19 regulations.
That, however, was not the only reason Zungu was isolated, with the player also believed to have been trying to force a move away from Amiens, who are now campaigning in their second season in French Ligue 2, after being relegated from the country’s topflight.
It looked like was being integrated back into the side
However, in late September pictures began to emerge of Zungu being with his teammates, in what seemed to signifie that he was being reintegrated back into the club’s first team fold. “Ben 10” as he is affectionally known. He was recently pictured back in full training and seemingly in high spirits around his Amiens teammates in October, and everything then looked like it was finally coming together nicely for the former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder.
That picture seemed to change completely earlier this week, however, with Zungu airing out his frustrations at a lack of game time at Amiens, before reiterating his desire to leave the club.
Launched a scathing attack on the club
“My family knows that I have no plans to stay here (Amiens). I don’t want to be here – my time here is finished. This is a fact, and I am being honest. I can make my own decisions, it’s not up to people in the boardroom,” Zungu said to Soccer-Laduma
I am working very hard, training with the first team and doing all I can to play. But I don’t decide who plays even though we (Amiens) are in a crisis, second from bottom in Ligue 2. We can’t win a game and I want to help, but there are too many things happening. My mind is made up,” Zungu continued
Zungu then went further to criticise the Amiens coach for his lack of game time.
Zungu reiterated his desire to leave the Ligue 2 club
“I want to get out of Amiens, and right now I have a coach telling the media I am overweight. I don’t understand what he wants from me, maybe he is trying to save his job by saying bad things about me, I have asked him not to disrespect me. I want to play football and help, I think I am capable of that. But the coach is acting up, that’s fine and he’s apologised because I confronted him. It was disrespectful. In January I am going to be free, whatever happens.” Said Zungu in part of his interview with the same publication.
‘Ben 10’ releases statement clearing the air
However, taking to his official Twitter account, Zungu seemed to have backtracked slightly from the aggressive nature of his tone, claiming that parts of what was published was exaggerated, in a statement he released in an attempt to clear the air.
Read Bongani Zungu’s statement below: