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Rulani Mokwena on Bongani Zungu’s exit. Image: Sundowns

‘It’s quite complicated’ – Rulani on Bongani Zungu’s exit

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena has finally spoke out on Bongani Zungu’s exit from the club last week.

Rulani Bongani Zungu

Rulani Mokwena on Bongani Zungu’s exit. Image: Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena has finally spoken about Bongani Zungu’s exit.

The 31-year-old announced last week that he was leaving Masandawana after a two-year stay with the Pretoria club. This was the midfielder’s second stint with Masandawana having played for them before between 2013 and 2016.

Bongani Zungu has always been close to Rulani Mokwena and his exit shocked many. Speaking to Powerfm987, the Downs coach admitted he did not want ‘Ben 10’ to leave.

“Always when contracts come to an end it’s quite complicated,” Mokwena said.

“Because it’s the agent, it’s the player, it’s the club, and I don’t get involved in that space. So that space is more for the Sporting Director and the football club.”

Rulani explains Bongani Zungu’s shock exit

“Like I would’ve loved to keep Cassius [Mailula], just like I would’ve loved to keep Haashim Domingo. Sometimes in football… Eh, as I said to you. I said to you I would’ve loved to play Esperance on Saturday and it didn’t happen.

“Sometimes in life you don’t get what you want, and that’s the reality of the situation.

“And football is even worse because you go to move on,” Mokwena said.

Bongani Zungu played overseas for six years before he reunited with Rulani in 2022. His second stint at Downs was less successful although he won several trophies. Mokwena said his main priority is to put the club first and not duel too much on players leaving.

As I said to you, after 24 hours you’ve got to move on to the most important things because my love for any player at Mamelodi Sundowns doesn’t override my love for the club. My love for the club and doing what’s right for the football club.

“And as I said even in that sense, that is far more important than anything else,” he said.