Bongani Zungu, Percy Tau and Dean Furman’s lack of game time at their clubs maybe be a blessing in disguise for Bafana Bafana mentor, Molefi Ntseki.
With clubs around the United Kingdom refusing to release their regular players for the upcoming international break due to new restrictions surrounding 33 countries who are listed under the red-list travel ban category, the trio might not be needed by their clubs after the break because of their lack of game time.
Since his arrival on loan from SC Amiens, Zungu has mostly been used as a substitute by Steven Gerrard. The 28-year-old has made 13 league appearances this season for the newly crowned champions. He has managed just one start in those appearances.
With Rangers having already secured the title and both Europa League last 16 games scheduled to be played before the international break, the club might release the former Mamelodi Sundowns star to honour his call-up for the two crucial qualifiers.
Percy Tau is facing a similar situation in England. The 26-year-old has made just three Premier League appearances since returning to Brighton and Hove Albion from his loan in Belgium. Tau has mostly made the bench, but hasn’t played a part on the field in quite sometime.
Although Graham Potter may change tactics and play the attacker in the upcoming games, it has been clear that the striker is struggling to break into the starting eleven. Should he join the Bafana camp, Tau will only miss the clash against Manchester United on the third of April and return in time for the home clash against Everton.
Furman, meanwhile, has also been struggling to cement a regular starting berth at League Two side Carlisle United. Furman has only played three games since the dawn of the new year and after he got a chance last weekend, he was sent back to the bench for the midweek clash against Grimsby.
The 32-year-old is the third choice at the club and his absence might not be missed should he fly out to South Africa.
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By Prince Sobayeni