Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu has signed a two-year contract with Portuguese side Vitoria de Guimaraes FC and South Africans are overjoyed at the move for one of the country’s brightest talents.
Guimaraes currently find themselves in sixth place in the Portuguese Primeira Liga and are battling it out for a place in next season’s UEFA Europa League.
Zungu’s business manager Steve Kapeluschnik recently announced the transfer, saying his client would join Guimaraes in July.
“I can confirm that he has signed a two-year contract with Vitoria de Guimaraes FC,” Kapeluschnik told Kick Off.
He went on to say that Zungu (23) had offers from the USA, Italy, Germany and even locally but that they opted for the deal with Guimaraes.
Meanwhile Flavio Meireles, the sporting director from Vitoria de Guimaraes, has heaped praise on Zungu.
Speaking about Zungu’s signing, Meireles said: “We have been following Bongani’s development and progress for over a year, and we are absolutely delighted to welcome such a special talent to our club.”
Bafana Bafana legend and ex-Sundowns striker, Phil Masinga, meanwhile told Goal.com that Zungu can make the grade in Portugal.
“I think Portugal is a good stepping stone to greater things for his career. It is good for his growth playing without a lot of pressure but in a very good league,” said Masinga, who played in England and Italy during his career.
“I think Zungu has a big heart and will make the grade in Europe and it will be important for him to have the mental strength to deal with playing at the highest level, especially in the beginning.”