Former Rangers midfielder Bongani Zungu featured for Amiens in his first senior appearance since the Old Firm clash in April as the French side progressed in the Coupe De France 3-2 against Guingamp.

A hat-trick from striker Chadrac Akolo was enough to seal progression to the next round for the Ligue 2 side, despite a late scare as Guingamp clawed back two goals to set up a nervy finish.


Former Rangers player Bongani Zungu featured for Amiens in their Coupe De France win over Guingamp, his first senior appearance since the Old Firm clash in April. (Photo by RUSSELL CHEYNE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by RUSSELL CHEYNE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Zungu, who joined Rangers on loan from Amiens last season arrived with a certain degree of hype having represented South Africa at international level, with Rangers having the option to turn the deal into a permanent transfer at the end of the season.

The move didn’t work out for the 29-year-old as he struggled to make an impression during the surge to the league title, only featuring 20 times over the course of the season and failing to notch a goal or assist during that time [Transfermarkt].


His return to parent club Amiens hasn’t exactly worked out well either. With a variety of issues hampering the South African’s season so far.

Zungu missed most of the preseason as he was in his native South Africa, whereas Amiens French coach Philippe Hinschberger criticised the player due to weight issues.

“Bongani Zungu is not ready to play, his issue is that he has a weight problem.” Said Hinschberger [ScottishSun].

His attitude will concern the French club as he could be a key part of their campaign yet has struggled to get up to fitness this season.

The player was found to have breached Covid regulations towards the end of last season and incurred a six-game ban by the Scottish FA which meant he missed matches during the title run-in.

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Bongani Zungu played 20 times for Rangers last season before joining his parent club Amiens in Ligue 2 in France. He made his first appearance since the Old Firm clash in April recently.(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The South African’s contract expires in the summer, and he could well find himself without a club if he doesn’t improve his attitude.

In other news, Rangers star Ianis Hagi may have some making up to do after making selfish post-match comments.

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