Bongani Zungu: Sundowns Manager Rhulani Mokwena Breaks Silence Over Tackle on Bernard Parker

Bongani Zungu: Sundowns Manager Rhulani Mokwena Breaks Silence Over Tackle on Bernard Parker

Babajide Orevba
updated at October 20, 2023 at 7:53 AM
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  • Rhulani Mokwena has come to Bongani Zungu’s defence after his horror tackle on Bernard Parker
  • The TS Galaxy star's leg was fractured from during a challenge by Zungu who received a red card
  • The Mamelodi Sundowns manager sent his best wishes to the striker who is currently in hospital

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach, Rhulani Mokwena has defended Bongani Zungu following the potentially career-ending tackle on Bernard Parker.

There was drama in the 58th minute of the Carling Knockout Cup clash between Sundowns and TS Galaxy at the Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday night.

Parker was rushed to the hospital after his leg appeared to be fractured following a nasty tackle from Zungu, who was immediately shown a red card.

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Rulani Mokwena has defended Bongani Zungu following the tackle on Bernard Parker. Photo: @FistoWaleKhosi
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The highly entertaining fixture ended 2-2 at the end of regulation time, with TS Galaxy winning the tie 5-4 after a thrilling penalty shootout.

This came barely a week after Mokwena’s side lost the MTN8 final to Orlando Pirates.

Sundowns still have the African Football League, the Premier Soccer League, the CAF Champions League, and the Nedbank Cup trophies to fight for, GOAL reports.

Mokwena defends Zungu after horror tackle

In his reaction to the incident involving Zungu and Parker, Mokwena defended his player, saying there was no malicious intent.

However, he did send his best wishes to the striker, who is now recuperating in hospital.

"I hope it is not as serious as it looks. Knowing Bongani, it was not malicious and [there] was no malicious intent behind it. The only thing I can say is that I wish Bernard Parker a speedy recovery."

Fans are worried the aftermath of the tackle could mark the end of the 37-year-old’s professional career.

Fans call for Zungu’s ban

Sports Brief also reported on football fans demanding Zungu be banned for life following his horrific tackle on Bernard Parker.

The Sundowns man fractured the TS Galaxy veteran's leg with his challenge during their teams' Carling Knockout Cup encounter.

Zungu’s challenge has left many people fuming on social media and he has been slammed for not showing remorse over the injury.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.
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