As Rangers secure the signing of South African international Bongani Zungu on deadline day, it’s not just the Ibrox club’s fans who’re excited.
The Bafana Bafana support are amongst the most vibrant and colourful in world football and Zungu is up there with their most popular players.
When Rangers were first linked to the midfielder back in July South African fans took to Twitter to pledge their allegiance to the Ibrox club.
Now the player has officially signed, the nation’s footballing supporters have pledged to follow the Teddy Bears so long as Zungu kicks a ball with them.
From Cape Town to Johannesburg, the South African fans have taken to Twitter in their numbers as one of their biggest players joins one of the world’s biggest clubs under one of the world’s biggest footballing personalities.
Here’s a few highlights from the Bafana Bafana supporters on Twitter after Zungu agreed a loan-to-buy deal with Rangers:
This Acc will reach 1 million soon cause of South Africans … 😂🔥🇿🇦
— JustMufasa… 🇿🇦🤴🏾 (@Just_lava) October 5, 2020
Congratulations you also earned yourself major following from South African fans. Were officially rangers 💃 pic.twitter.com/FdPbsNgAne
— Dr Maheya (@johny_theblessd) October 5, 2020
He’s a beast on the ball, a baller of note he’s gwabini he’s Zungu 🙌🏼🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/sudUgQiYY2
— IG: Bongane_SOG™🇿🇦 (@Bongane_BDG) October 6, 2020
Since you signed Zungu, this account belongs to South Afeicans. We want more pictures of him. pic.twitter.com/A3RoXDo0w1
— iVenda Lase Mlazi (@Oscar_T_Hamese) October 5, 2020
I see my fellow South Africans following this account and coming here to congratulate one of our own to be coached by a legend Stevy G pic.twitter.com/dwqUO4N8iY
— Cellular ❁ (@Cellular_ZA) October 5, 2020
South Africans in the comments.🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/qbud3adclR
— L E S E D I (@_Hybreed_) October 5, 2020
Here Comes SOUTH AFRICA😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 Rangers are you READYYYYYYYY??? pic.twitter.com/VLyp3FBy6p
— KING SPEECH (@LucaM40) October 5, 2020
Our boyyyyy!!! Admin you've earned yourself a new fan. Rangers is the best ❤️ pic.twitter.com/USdlnsxHxH
— botshelo (@Sekzy171) October 5, 2020
Really happy that Bongani Zungu is joining Rangers
It really speaks volumes when Steven Gerrard wants you
They are getting a good player
— Shakes Rampedi (@ShakesRampedi) October 5, 2020
I started watching the Scottish Premiership because of this move. Congratulations to Zungu 🙌🤭finally he joins me.
— Vincent Vice Mthombeni. (@VincentMthombe5) October 6, 2020
— 🇿🇦#PutSouthAfricaFirst🇿🇦 (@MB_Khumalo) October 6, 2020
Bongani Zungu will be mentored by the great Steven Gerrard.
This is a great opportunity for him. The boy is going far.
Congratulations 👏 in order
— Palatable (@Palatab06678857) October 6, 2020
Whilst Zungu has been signed for what he can achieve for Rangers on the pitch, there is clearly an added commercial benefit to his move off it.
South Africa is a passionate footballing nation which clearly has a huge belief in Zungu, who has 29 caps and four goals for his country.
There are already more than a few Rangers fans in South Africa, but following the capture of the former Mamelodi Sundowns player, there is certainly now a few more.