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Sun Jul 31 02:34:35 SAST 2016

Zungu’s impressive but needs to score more‚ says Mosimane

Tshepang Mailwane | 06 January, 2016 10:27
Pitso Mosimane. File photo.
Image by: Gallo Images / Getty Images

If last year was a good year for Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Bongani Zungu‚ then 2016 looks set to be even better for the ever-improving playmaker.

Zungu‚ who is set to make a move to Europe either this month or at the end of the season‚ has a dream of playing for the national under-23 team at the Olympics in Rio later this year‚ as one of three over-aged players.

Having recently won a place in Bafana Bafana’s starting line-up‚ Zungu is confident he’d add value to Owen da Gama’s under-23s‚ who qualified for the Olympics after finishing third at the Caf Under-23 Championship in Senegal last year.

Da Gama could not really find a strong combination in central midfield during the competition and Zungu would certainly give him the options he needs.

“I have been following the under-23s and they have a very good team. They did very well to qualify. They should keep on working hard and hopefully I will be picked to help the guys at the Olympics‚” the 23-year-old said.

“I was really sad that I could not be part of the team. I was born in October. I was hoping that I could have been born in January‚ then I would have been able to play for the team.”

Zungu’s coach‚ Pitso Mosimane‚ has been impressed with the player’s progress but feels there are areas of his game he still needs to work on‚ like getting on the score sheet a bit more.

“He needs to score a lot of goals and he should not lose a lot of balls. He also needs to improve with headers‚” Mosimane said.

“He needs to be smart when it comes to yellow cards. He is always skating on thin ice with yellow cards.”

Zungu will be one of the key players when Sundowns visit Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium for an Absa Premiership match on Saturday (8.15pm).

The midfielder was in fine form when the two sides met in the Telkom Knockout final last month and Amakhosi coach Steve Komphela will have to make sure that the former University of Pretoria man does not get too much time on the ball to cause problems.

TMG Digital

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