Rangers in strange national team U-turn as SFA take decision on breach
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Rangers in strange national team U-turn as SFA take decision on breach

Rangers star Bongani Zungu will not travel to meet the South Africa squad for their AFCON qualifier with Sudan, as a strange Ibrox U-turn is revealed.

A member of the Bafana Bafana backroom staff had previously claimed that the midfielder would be able to meet up with the national team this week despite the looming threat of quarantine upon his return.

Bongani Zungu, 29, has made 30 appearances for South Africa, scoring five goals. (Photo by Ahmed Hasan/Gallo Images)

South Africa doctor Thugali Ngwenya had previously claimed the Amiens loanee’s presence in the squad was “confirmed” [Daily Record].

“We agreed (with Rangers)‚ and Zungu said he’s willing to quarantine,” explained Ngwenya.

The midfielder missed out in South Africa last AFCON qualifier against Ghana, a match which his country drew 1-1 to leave the group neatly poised heading into the final match.

South Africa know a draw is enough to secure them qualification for the hotly anticipated African Cup of Nations in Cameroon, which will take place in January and February next year.

But Zungu will not be able to help get them there after Rangers seemingly produced a U-turn over the agreement to let the player leave the club.

“We got an email from Zungu’s club to say they are no longer releasing him – whether it’s coming to South Africa or going to Sudan,” confirmed Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Nsteki [the South African].

“I then spoke to him and explained the situation, and he said, ‘It’s a decision that will work against me if ever I force to come to Sudan.’

“We saw a new list of countries that are being referred to as ‘red zones’, and in this case we have Dubai and Ethiopia, which is where players were going to have to come via to get to Sudan.”

The timing of the decision is also very interesting with Rangers withdrawing co-operation over Zungu’s movement as the SFA reached a “conclusion” over the so-called Covid Five.

Zungu was one of five players who breached Covid-19 protocols last month and who have since been subject to a disciplinary panel decision in the aftermath.

Bongani Zungu has flattered to deceive at Rangers with the timing of the Ibrox side’s international U-turn strange given the SFA hearing. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The result of this process won’t be made public until Monday – but could it have had a bearing on the decision to let Zungu go abroad?

Here’s more on that ruling as three Rangers first-teamers and two youth players nervously await the outcome of the SFA’s decision on their high-profile Covid-19 breach.

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