Bafana Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu returned to action for Glasgow Rangers on Thursday night.
The 28-year-old has been given a second chance by Steven Gerrard after breaching Covid-19 regulations with five other players just over a week ago.
On Wednesday, Rangers released a statement explaining that the players had been forgiven for their transgressions and welcomed back into the squad after apologising and showing remorse for their actions.
The English manager wasted no time and included the players in his squad for the important clash with Royal Antwerp at home. Zungu came on as a 82nd minute substitute as the Gers won 5-2 on the night and 9-5 on the overall aggregate having won the first leg 4-3 away from home.
Goals from Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent, Borna Barisic, Cedric Itten and Nathan Patterson were enough to ensure victory for the home side at Ibrox and secure a spot in the next round of the competition. Ironically, Patterson is one of the five players who had broken the regulations alongside ‘Ben 10’.
SIMA, NDIDI & AMARTEY
Elsewhere, Abdallah Sima was on target for Slavia Prague as they stunned Leicester City 2-0 in England to progress to the next round.
Wilfred Ndidi and Daniel Amartey started for Brendan Rodgers’ side, but could not help the Foxes avoid defeat and bow out of the competition.
The Ivorian scored a crucial penalty for AC Milan as they drew 1-1 against Red Star Belgrade at the San Siro. Milan progressed on away goal rule having drawn 2-2 away from home in the first leg.
Meschak started and played 78 minutes for Young Boys as they beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 to march on to the next round. This is another unexpected result as many pundits had tipped the German side to progress at the expense of their Switzerland opponents.
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