Bongani Zungu is set to miss Rangers’ Scottish Cup clash against Cove Rangers after the club reached an agreement with South Africa to release him for an Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier.
Bafana Bafana are set to face Ghana in Johannesburg on Thursday and Sudan in Khartoum on Sunday.
The Gers weren’t required to release Zungu, who will miss the first match, given that he will have to travel through a red zone country to get to Sudan.
However, they have granted him permission to go, even though he will have to quarantine upon his return to the UK.
“Zungu is confirmed,” said South Africa doctor Thugali Ngwenya [Daily Record]. “He’ll be joining us in Sudan. With (Keagan) Dolly, we’re still hoping and there are still negotiations happening.”
“We agreed (with Rangers)‚ and Zungu said he’s willing to quarantine.”
The quarantine period will ensure that Zungu misses Rangers’ opening Scottish Cup fixture at home to Cove Rangers on Saturday 3rd April.
However, given that the midfielder’s SFA hearing for breaching Covid regulations is set for Thursday afternoon, he may soon receive a ban that would make him ineligible for the fixture anyway.
South Africa are currently second to Ghana on goal difference in AFCON Qualifying Group C, with Sudan only three points back in third, so Sunday’s fixture in Khartoum could be crucial to their bid to book a spot at the tournament, which will take place in Cameroon next year.
Two Rangers stars will be representing Nigeria in AFCON Qualifiers in the coming days and one was lauded after touching down in Lagos on Monday.