Bongani Zungu Linked With Saudi Arabian Move After Announcing Departure From Mamelodi Sundowns

Bongani Zungu Linked With Saudi Arabian Move After Announcing Departure From Mamelodi Sundowns

Byron Pillay
June 14, 2024 at 9:42 PM
  • Bongani Zungu joined Mamelodi Sundowns for a second spell in August 2022 after a spell with Amiens in France
  • Despite being a key player for the Brazilians, Zungu surprised everyone by announcing that he would be leaving
  • Zungu walks away from Sundowns as a three-time winner of the league and an African Football League winner

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Bongani Zungu’s second spell at Mamelodi Sundowns has officially come to an end.

The 31-year-old returned to the club in 2022 from Amiens in France but will depart after just two seasons.

Bongani Zungu will officially leave Mamelodi Sundowns after two season at the side in his second spell.
Bongani Zungu has already been linked with a move to Saudi Arabia after announcing that he would be leaving Mamelodi Sundowns. Image: Ozan Kose.
Source: Getty Images

As noted by IOL, Zungu announced over social media that he would be leaving the DStv Premiership champions.

The decision came as a surprise to many, as Zungu is seen as an experienced member of the squad. In his farewell post, he described the club as a family, saying that it was with a heavy heart that he was announcing his departure.

What's next for Zungu?

While he's yet to announce where he plans to go next, reports indicate that he could be heading to the Middle East.

Soccer Laduma noted that they were led to believe that the midfielder would be heading off to Saudi Arabia.

No teams in the wealthy nation have yet been credited as being interested in him, but the Saudi Pro League have already attracted many African stars.

Zungu has plenty of experience playing abroad, having competed in France, Portugal and Scotland already.

Zungu's career stats at Sundowns

After 123 appearances for the side over two different spells, Zungu leaves the club as a trophy winner.

He scored three goals and notched up 10 assists during that time.

Zungu won three league titles with the Brazilians and also was part of the team that won the inaugural African Football League.

Mokwena praises Zungu’s influence

Sports Brief reported how Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena hailed the influence of Zungu on the team.

Mokwena praised the midfielder after his performance for the Brazilians in a win over AmaZulu FC.

Zungu played out of position in the game, prompting Mokwena to praise his influence on and off the pitch.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.