Former Rangers player Bongani Zungu, who is yet to feature for Amiens this season, has been slammed by his manager for a ‘weight problem’.
Zungu spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan at Ibrox, making 20 appearances across all competitions and securing a Premiership winners medal.
The majority of his outings came from the bench, though, and he was involved in a high-profile breach of Covid regulations which led to a substantial late-season ban.
He didn’t impress sufficiently for Rangers to take up his option to buy, so he was officially sent back to Amiens in June.
However, he’s still yet to feature again for the French second-tier club.
Zungu spent the summer in his native South Africa and when he eventually flew back to France to join up with the Amiens squad, he was out of shape and is still not being considered for selection.
“Bongani Zungu is not ready at all to play,” said manager Philippe Hinschberger [Scottish Sun]. “His issue is that he has a weight problem.”
“He’s been working on this for a while and he’s now on more than just one session a day. I’ve spoken to him about it, but the player himself must take charge.
“We’re doing the maximum we can with him. He remains very good with the ball and can read the game, but he still carries weight and does not have the physique of a professional footballer.”
The current situation must be extremely frustrating for Amiens, a club that have invested a lot of time and effort into Zungu since he joined in 2017 after a season in Portugal with Vitoria Guimaraes.
His attitude was an area of concern during his time at Ibrox and the Gers’ decision not to take up their option to buy was clearly the right one.
The 29-year-old South Africa international’s contract at Amiens expires in the summer but if he doesn’t get back into shape soon, it could be difficult for him to find a new club at a good level.
Another player who left Ibrox in the summer is currently struggling in England.