Former Rangers star Bongani Zungu is training by himself with Ligue 2 club Amiens as he struggles to prove his fitness in France.

The South African midfielder spent last season on loan at Ibrox but struggled to break into the first XI before breaching Covid-19 rules and serving an SFA ban in the latter part of the season.

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It never happened for Bongani Zungu at Ibrox and now he is having fitness issues at Amiens. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This put the writing on the wall for the Bafana Bafana star who failed to properly grab his opportunities in Glasgow and Zungu moved back to Amiens come the summer.

But since returning to France the midfielder is yet to make an appearance for the Ligue 2 side this season and manager Philippe Hinschberger confirmed last week the player has been separated from his teammates.

“Bongani Zungu works separately with the physical trainers,” said Hinschberger [le 11 Amienois].

“We want to get him completely back on his feet physically because he is staring from far away.”

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The South African midfielder’s contract expires at the end of the season.

 

Bongani Zungu Rangers spell remembered for wrong reasons

Signed in October 2020 – during an extended transfer window for Covid-19 reasons – Zungu failed to grab his opportunity at Ibrox.

A hero in his native South Africa, Zungu’s move to Rangers had sizeable potential following his spell in Ligue 1 with Amiens but things never really got going for the midfielder.

Some of the Ibrox side’s worst results of last season came with Zungu in the side including the League Cup defeat to St Mirren and that draw away to Hamilton where Allan McGregor was the hero.

Of the player’s 22 appearances, only four where from the start with Zungu’s best performance coming in the 2-0 win over Lech Poznan whilst he also played in the 4-0 League Cup victory over Falkirk.

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Despite struggling to hold down a first-team spot, Zungu did contribute to 55 and stood up for his teammates in the Slavia Prague shame game. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The oldest of the infamous Covid Five, with Zungu underperforming on the pitch this all but ended his Ibrox career and his spell in Glasgow will be remembered for the wrong reasons.

Nonetheless, Bongani did contribute to the club’s 55 success and was at Ibrox during the title win and this is something no-one can take away from the struggling midfielder.

Zungu’s struggles in the French second tier also come after his agent claimed playing for Amiens this season was “not an option”.

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