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Zungu’s Christmas Message: Injury, Bafana & Staying Safe

Bongani Zungu isn’t home for Christmas as he spends his December pushing hard to recover from a serious knee injury, but he’s got some good news for Amiens and Bafana Bafana fans.
The midfield maestro has enjoyed a solid start to life in Europe, going from strength to strength at both Vitoria de Guimaraes and now in Ligue 1, however he was dealt a big blow earlier this year when he sustained a knee injury that sadly required surgery.
Now, having started running once more, the 26-year-old is closing in on a return to action in 2019, a year that he is hoping will go better for him.
Soccer Laduma had a chat to the former Mamelodi Sundowns man from his home in France, and here’s what the Amiens man had to say…
SL: Bongani, you’re spending Christmas away from South Africa in France… Is it hard being away from your family at this time of year?
BZ: Over this period I really miss my family and friends, as well as South African food, too! Oh, and obviously the weather, because this side is just too cold! (Laughs)
SL: (Laughs) Yeah, we’re not having that problem in Mzansi right now! Bongs, looking back over 2018, what would you say your toughest memory of the year has been?
BZ: Well my worst memory is getting injured, it was a very bad one. The worst feeling in the world is not being able to play for my team and for Bafana, but the best feeling is the support and love I have received from my loved ones throughout this period.
SL: We can only imagine…
BZ: It made my recovery easier because I am happy most of the time. Being mentally strong is important through times like these.
SL: No doubt. And looking towards 2019, what are your hopes for the new year?
BZ: I just want to get fit, injury free, and play some quality football so that I can achieve my dreams of playing for one of the top teams in the world. 
SL: That would be fantastic. For now though, how are things looking for your return? Will you be back to help Bafana in March?
BZ: Yeah, I'm 100% sure that I will be back. My knee is very good, and I should be back playing for my team around February. I have already started running, and everything just looks good.
SL: That’s fantastic news mate. And lastly, do you have a message for your fans back home in South Africa? 
BZ: Well my message for the fans is simple, it’s just to be safe over the festive period. Be responsible and not drink and drive.
Bafana are set to face Libya in March, with a spot at the African Cup of Nations on the line.


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