Eight months after putting pen to paper with Orlando Pirates, mercurial midfielder Nkanyiso Zungu has expressed his delight at finally making his Bucs debut.
Zungu came on as a late sub in Pirates' goalless draw with Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday evening.
It was his first appearance for Josef Zinnbauer’s side since joining from Stellenbosch FC in January.
A groin injury when he first arrived, as well as the COVID-19 enforced break meant that the 24-year-old had to wait a bit longer to make his ‘dream’ debut.
Talking to Pirates’ official website, the Cape Town-born star could not hide his delight at making his first Pirates appearance.
“This is the beginning of a new chapter for me at Pirates,” said Zungu.
“It was a big day for me. Even though I came in towards the end of the match, I am grateful that I finally got my debut. My next focus is on getting more performances under my belt.
“I am sure I echo the sentiments of many other players when I say that it feels good to be back. Especially someone like myself who has not played any official match after so long. You will recall that I joined the Club in January with an injury but after recovering we had the lockdown which delayed my debut even further. But I am not complaining, there’s no looking back only forward. I can only hope on getting more opportunities in future,” he added.
Playing in front of an empty Dobsonville stadium is not exactly how Zungu imagined his first appearance for the Soweto giants, however he is grateful for the experience nonetheless.
“I have always dreamt of playing in this fixture for iBhakaniya, and this is mainly due to the excitement surrounding this fixture for the football played as well as the vibe that the fans create. So for me it was very strange playing my dream fixture in an empty stadium but then again these are not normal times and we must get used to it,” Zungu concluded.
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