Stellenbosch FC coach Steve Barker has backed Nkanyiso Zungu to succeed at Orlando Pirates.
Zungu was unveiled by Pirates on Thursday in a surprise move a few hours before the close of a transfer window at midnight.
The move sets him up for a stiff competition for a place in Bucs’s central midfield that boasts the likes of Ben Motshwari.
Barker believes Zungu will rise about the competition in a star-studded Josef Zinnbauer-led outfit.
“Zungu has grown mentally for me in the last 18 months here at Stellenbosch as a person and as a footballer. He has got all the attributes and technically he is very good. He is strong on the ball and has a very good passing range,” explained Barker.
“I think he will do well at Pirates with the type of football (they play) and the club they are… obviously he has to fight hard – it’s not gonna come easy. But I think he has the potential to really do well for them. I’m confident that he will. He will go places,” added Barker.
Zungu, a 24-year-old former AmaZulu youth player, was promoted to the Usuthu first team by Barker a few seasons ago, but was let go by AmaZulu.
Barker took him in at Stellenbosch after he was akso shown the door at Jomo Cosmos and became his father-figure.
Zungu became an important member in the Stellies team that gained promotion into the Absa Premiership last season.
Barker explained that the KwaZulu Natal-born Zungu had a buy-out clause in his contract with Stellies which Pirates matched but insisted he will continue to guide “his son” even at Pirates.
By Innocent Ngwenya
Pictures courtesy of Stellenbosch and Pirates.