Bafana Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu has apologised after breaching Covid19 regulations.
The 28-year-old and four other players made headline news last week when Glasgow Rangers revealed that they were removed from the squad after attending a party and therefore breaking strict protocols set by the club and the Scottish Football Association.
Steven Gerrard expressed his disappointment at his players and hinted that the South African who is on loan from SC Amiens might not get a permanent deal at Ibrox at the end of the season. However in a turn of events, the players have been given a lifeline by the Scottish giants who have allowed them to return to full training under strict supervision.
Zungu spoke to the media for the first time since the incident and apologised to the entire Glasgow community, the technical team and leadership for his actions.
“I’d like to apologise to the Rangers fans. It’s been a great season so far for the club and my message is that I’d like to apologise.
“I hope the fans can continue to support us and we can put this behind us and focus on the future.”
In a statement released on Wednesday evening, Rangers announced that the players have been given a second chance under certain terms and conditions. The club revealed that all the players involved admitted guilt and showed serious remorse for their actions.
“Firstly, we recognise that it is a huge honour to represent our club and the Rangers fanbase across the world,” read the statement.
“Over the course of the last week, we have both ensured that all our players understand our expectations when you are part of this great club.
“The players involved have been left in no uncertain terms as to the standards that everyone here is expected to adhere to. It has been an extremely difficult week for those players following their admission of an error of judgement whilst dealing with the consequences of their actions.
“Our internal discussions were supported by the immediate honesty shown by the players and an appreciation they fell well below the standards we expect at Rangers Football Club, day in and day out. Those standards form the foundation that we have set as a club in order to achieve our targets as a team.”
Zungu will now focus on making up for his wrongs and help the club push for the league. Gerrard’s side need just three wins to clinch the title.
Rangers hosts Royal Antwerp in the second leg of the Uefa Europa League last 32 tonight at 19:55 (SA time).
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