Neville Khoza
1 minute read
4 Oct 2013
7:00 am

Zungu desperate to grab elusive silverware

Neville Khoza

Bongani Zungu said it was painful to see a club like Mamelodi Sundowns go five years without winning any silverware.

Bongani Zungu of Mamelodi Sundowns. FILE PIC. Photo ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

And the attacking midfielder has now embarked on the serious task of helping Downs win something this season – starting with the Telkom Knockout where they visit defending champions Bloemfontein Celtic in the competition’s last 16 on Sunday.

“The club hasn’t won anything for five years which is not good for a big team like Sundowns,” said Zungu.

“The game against Celtic is very important because if we don’t win, we will have five weeks of no football and another trophy will disappear, so we need to be at our best.”

Since he joined Sundowns from University of Pretoria this year, the 20-year-old has played all the games for the team and found the back of the net once, but created a few.

Last season, Zungu scored seven goals for AmaTuks, but he feels there are certain aspects of his game that must improve at Sundowns.

“I’m very happy with start I made. I’ve played all the games and I’m working hard, but there is room for improvement.”

It was at Sundowns where Zungu grabbed the attention of Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund. And he singled out coach Pitso Mosimane as being responsible for his success.

“The coach is very demanding. He wants players who work hard and that has been working for me,” Zungu continued.

“I always do what the coach wants and follow his instructions to the letter. He always tells I can do more, which I can and just have to keep level-headed.”

With the quality of players surrounding him at Sundowns, Zungu feels he can do better than he did at Tuks last season and help the club win silverware.