Rangers rule-breaker Bongani Zungu faces South Africa uncertainty after Covid breach

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RANGERS midfielder Bongani Zungu faces an uncertain international future following the Covid rule break that has all-but ended his Ibrox career.

The South African is one of five players – alongside Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey, Brian Kinnear and Dapo Mebude – that are the centre of an internal investigation following a breach of Coronavirus regulations.

The Ibrox quintet are now fighting for their futures with Steven Gerrard’s side and could face further action from the Scottish Football Association after attending a house party in Glasgow earlier this month.

But that may not be the only punishment that awaits Zungu after international manager Molefi Ntseki admitted his lack of game time in the Premiership could cost him a place in the Bafana Bafana squad next month.

South Africa host Ghana on March 22 before facing Sudan eight days later as they attempt to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ntseki and SA Football Association chief executive Tebogo Motlanthe will contact Rangers for further details regarding Zungu’s high-profile rule break and the 28-year-old’s international future is on the line.

 

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“It is something where we can’t commit ourselves until we have spoken to the club and to the player,” Ntseki told TimesLIVE.

“I was in a meeting with the CEO [on Monday]addressing this matter. We can’t be seen to be commenting until we have spoken to the club to find out what happened.

“Maybe by the end of business [on Wednesday]we will have spoken to the club. Then a follow-up will be made with the player.

“We are very worried about what happened‚ and how is that going to impact negatively on him as a player and on Bafana Bafana.

“The next Fifa week of March 21 to 30 is very important for us. Those are two crucial matches where we have to play to win to qualify. We would have loved to have every player in the country available for selection.

“In incidents like this we should not be punitive and should try to get more information because we need each other for the success of the team and for individual success in their careers.”

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