South Africa boss Molefi Ntseki is very worried about Bongani Zungu after it was discovered he broke COVID-19 rules while on loan at Rangers.
Zungu was named as one of the so called ‘Party 5’, a group of Gers players who attended a party despite social gatherings being outlawed under current coronavirus guidelines.
Ntseki has admitted he doesn’t have too much information about the situation and he hasn’t spoken to Zungu ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifiers.
Ntseki is quoted by Business Day as saying, “It is something we can’t commit ourselves to until we have spoken to the club and the player.
“As of now, we can’t be seen to be commenting on it until we have spoken to the club to find out what actually happened.
“So maybe by the end of business [on Wednesday], we will have spoken to the club and then a follow-up will be made with the player.
“For now we are very worried about what happened‚ and how is that going to impact negatively on him and Bafana Bafana.”
Zungu has been regularly called up to the South Africa national team but his place will be in doubt after his role in the latest COVID embarrassment at Ibrox.
The Bafana Bafana midfielder was the only senior player involved in the incident so he can’t reply on youthful ignorance as an excuse, not that youthful ignorance is an acceptable explanation.
His Rangers career is almost certainly over but he still has an international future once he leaves Ibrox.
It sounds as if Ntseki is waiting to find out the whole story before he makes a decision on Zungu.
He will be punished by the club so it will be interesting to see if his country also chooses to take action against one of their more experienced professionals.
In other Rangers news, another international boss has made a decision over calling up one of our players.