Bongani Zungu caught in Rangers and South Africa call-up row

Africa

South Africa boss Molefi Ntseki has spoken about out after players including Bongani Zungu are set to miss the clash with Ghana.

But the Rangers midfielder will be allowed to face Sudan in AFCON qualifying after a call-up compromise was agreed.

He is among four Bafana Bafana players whose participation was placed in doubt due to the Covid crisis and worldwide fears over a South African variant.

However, he has been cleared to join up with his international teammates to play Sudan as he can join up with the squad without entering his home nation.

Ntseki admitted he was irked by the situation on Monday.

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He told IOL: “We should all agree that nobody from South Africa or Africa brought Covid-19.

He said: “There was a pending issue of Bongani Zungu and Keagan Dolly. I can safely say that we have confirmed that Bongani will be joining us in Sudan. We have cleared that. The only pending one now is Keagan and we are still trying to negotiate.

“The people who have been confirmed as not coming are Dean Furman and Thulani Serero. So as for the others, we are still negotiating. For instance, with Percy [Tau] we had some issues but we negotiated.

“It is very unfair for us to be punished by saying: ‘You cannot be released to go to South Africa because it is a hot spot’. I think all over the world, it’s a hot spot.”

South Africa national team doctor Thulani Ngwenya on Marawa Sport Worldwide on Metro FM has now confirmed Zungu will be allowed to leave Glasgow for Sunday’s clash after talks with the Premiership champions.

“Now we got [Zungu’s] clearance just before our training session in the afternoon [on Monday] and with that clearance, the team is saying it’s fine he can come to Sudan but he will be joining us in Addis Ababa. We are going to be connecting in Addis when we go together to Sudan and then from Sudan he will then fly back to his team. He will not come to South Africa because there is this scare of the Covid-19 variant.

“I want to make it clear that the clubs are really cooperative. With Dean they are saying yes we can allow him to come but unfortunately when he goes back, he will have to quarantine for 14 days so he will miss about four to five matches. His team said if he is going to quarantine [for that period], they will not release him. His team is even playing now during the international period.”

South Africa will qualify for the tournament finals if they beat Ghana and Sudan fail to match that result against Sao Tome and Principe.

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