South African fans pledge to follow Rangers as £3.6m move 'edges closer'
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South African fans pledge to follow Rangers as £3.6m move 'edges closer'

A raft of South African football fans have promised to begin following Rangers as a reported move for Bafana Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu nears completion.

The passionate African football crowd have high hopes for the 27-year-old midfielder and are excited about the player’s prospective move to Ibrox.

Bongani Zungu is a very popular player amongst the South African support. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Both journalist Joe Crann, via the Scotsman, and French football outlet L’Equipe appeared to confirm that Rangers and Amiens had negotiated a fee of around £3.6m for the Ligue 1 midfielder.

Joe Crann is now reporting on Twitter that the move is “edging closer” and medicals/work permits aside, it is “looking good” for the midfielder.

The reported move to Rangers was then reported on by South African sports broadcaster Robert Marawa, who tweeted the news to his 1m followers.

This is almost double the 546.5k followers the official Rangers Twitter account has.

Marawa believes the move will be finalised in the next 48 hours.

As a result, there was an outpouring of support for the move as the player prepares to join up with Steven Gerrard’s team.

The good spirits of the South African fans and their attitude towards Zungu will be a major positive for Rangers fans who know little of the player.

It also highlights the potential marketing benefits of the move with Zungu clearly amongst the most popular players from a country of close to 60 million people.

Bongani Zungu has 29 caps for the South African national team, scoring four goals.