SA international midfielder Bongani Zungu returned to action this past weekend for French Ligue 2 side Amiens SC as they drew 0-0 against Pau in the league on Saturday night.
The Bafana international had been at the centre of speculations over the past few weeks linking him with a move away from the newly relegated side, mostly a move to Glasgow Rangers was said to be almost done until it fell through.
The midfielder’s first league appearance for Amiens has left many in confusion about what the midfielder’s future could be with the current transfer window also still open for players to make moves around Europe.
FARPost looks at the different possibilities on the issue which will certain be interesting to see how it unfolds in the next few weeks.
Zungu has a year left on his current deal with Amiens which is set to expire in June 2021, but the midfielder had made it clear that he would love to move on to a new challenge after Amiens were relegated with the French league being ended prematurely due to Covid19. Zungu had interest from clubs like Celta Vigo of Spain, RC Strasbourg of France and Glasgow Rangers in the Scottish Premiership, but none of which materialised. With Rangers it was thought that an agreement had already been reached with the player until the deal did not materialise and left Zungu in Limbo.
Coach Luka Elsner also came out saying he would not be involving players whose hearts were not at Amiens, players who had expressed intentions to leave the club and Zungu was one of those players. Zungu trained alone alongside African compatriot Moussa Konate who was seemingly going through a similar situation with the club. The 27-year-old did not participate in Amiens’ first two games of the season and many felt that he was frozen out of the team, but his inclusion in the team on Saturday came as a surprise. This turn around in events may mean that Zungu, the club and technical team have all mended their relations with the hope of the player remaining at the club until his contract expires at least.
ZUNGU SIGNING NEW DEAL
The president of Amiens recently came out to French media saying the club and Zungu’s representatives are still in talks for the midfielder to sign a new deal and be loaned out to any interested parties, but it has been two weeks since that development without any progress.
The 27-year-old’s mending of relations with the coach might mean that a deal has been agreed between the two parties that would keep the player at the club at least until next winter as they aim to get promoted back to Ligue 1.
Zungu might still leave Amiens before the current transfer window closes and the player has never really struggled for suitors, but the price tag of 5 million Euros might have been a stumbling block. Zungu playing again might also be a strategy to market the player for last minute suitors who might still make offers before the window shuts. Amiens have recently revealed that they have lowered the price for the man from Kwa-Dukuza which might see teams coming in for his services.
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By Prince Sobayeni