Mosimane expresses sadness in Zungu’s European move

Sundowns midfielder, Bongani Zungu, will be plying his trade in the Primeira Liga with Vitoria de Guimaraes.

FILE: Sundowns midfielder Bongani Zungu. Picture: @OfficialPSL.

JOHANNESBURG - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is still finding it tough coming to terms with letting one of his best players leave the club.

Sundowns midfielder, Bongani Zungu, will not be with the six-time Premier Soccer League champions at the start of the 2016/2017 season, as he will be plying his trade in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, with Vitoria de Guimaraes.

Zungu's agent, Steve Kapeluschnik, confirmed that the 23-year-old will be off to Vitoria at the end of the season on a free transfer, ending an illustrious three-year career at Chloorkop.

Mosimane had high praise for the player he was mostly responsible for turning into a midfield maestro, but says Portugal wasn't his most preferred destination for his star player.

"I was not happy that he's going to Portugal, but he decided to go there and it's good for him, let him go. I see Guimaraes' position on the log has changed now, it's totally different, so it's a different story today. He has watched all his games and we have modelled him."

The Downs boss says although he's happy that Zungu will further his career abroad, it's still a very bitter pill to swallow.

"It's like when a father hands over the daughter to get married to somebody else, you're happy, but you're not happy. It's that kind of feeling. He's done well, we took him from Tuks, and I don't think he has any regret coming to us"

The Bafana Bafana international moved to Sundowns from the University of Pretoria in 2013, making over 50 appearances for the club and winning the 2013/2014 PSL title and the 2015 Nedbank and Telkom Knockout Cups, under the guidance of Mosimane.

Zungu bullied former Bafana captain Dean Furman out of the team last year, solidifying his midfield partnership with another South African export, Andile Jali, in coach Shakes Mashaba's squad.

Sundowns are in action this weekend against Pretoria rivals Supersport United, and they will be looking to cement their place at the top of the log.