Amiens SC midfielder Bongani Zungu open to joining Orlando Pirates upon return from Europe

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The midfield maestro discussed a wide range of issues including his possible transfer to Lyon

South Africa international Bongani Zungu could join Premier Soccer League (PSL) giants Orlando Pirates upon his return from Europe.

The central midfielder played an important role in helping French side Amiens retain its status in the Ligue 1 last season - making 26 appearences and he netted once after joining the club from Portuguese outfit Vitoria Guimaraes in August 2018.

Zungu's exploits did not go unnoticed as French giants Olympique Lyonnais are reportedly interested in signing the former Mamelodi Sundowns player ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. 

"I cannot comment on the interest. I respect Amiens. But they know that I spoke to them. If a chance comes to play with the best and in the Uefa Champions League, I would love to play there," Zungu told Power FM. 

"I am a professional. I have to keep a level head even if Lyon wants me. I have to be a smart guy. Imagine I speak about other teams and I must go to training on Monday. I am trying to be focused," he continued. 

"If I will be at Amiens, I will try to improve from the last season. Try to compete so that the club can attract better players. It would be nice though to play at Lyon with players like (Nabil) Fekir," Zungu added. 

Zungu also discussed Percy Tau's transfer saga as Sundowns appear reluctant to sell the reigning 2017/18 PSL Player of the Year to English Premier League (EPL) side Brighton & Hove Albion.

The wantaway forward is reportedly Awol despite the Brazilians' beginning their pre-season preperations in Rustenburg earlier this week.

"Percy Tau must be a good boy. Go to training and speak to them. They will understand. They love him and I know that. They must reach an understanding. Percy is not a youngster. He is 24 and he is older than (Kylian) Mbappe and almost same age as Neymar," he said. 

"I have spoken to Percy a lot. He wants to go and I told him he must go overseas. He is old. He needs to go and improve. Play with good players like him or some who are as talented as him," he revealed.

Sundowns recently announced the signing of Zungu's Bafana Bafana team-mate Andile Jali, who decided to come back home after rejecting Belgian First Division A club KV Oostende's new deal.

"In signing Jali, Sundowns are keeping the standard high. But there is Pirates now who have impressed. They played well when Rulani went there," Zungu said. 

"Andile Jali should have stayed on in Europe. Knowledge Musona stayed and went to Anderlecht. Jali should have been patient. But he has his own mind. But I think he should not have come back," he added.

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Zungu worked with Pirates assistant coach Rulani Mokwena and the former University of Pretoria midfielder is open to joining the Soweto giants one day - a club he supported as a child. 

"I don't know if I will go back to Sundowns. I have a good relationship with Rulani and I grew up supporting Pirates. It is a possibility," Zungu explained..

"I had three years at Sundowns. Maybe if Pitso (Mosimane) is there. But Pirates excites me. A young coach. Good new faces," he concluded. 

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