Royal Eagles give Zongo a second chance to revive his ailing career

2018-01-08 16:18
Controversial midfielder Masibusane Zongo is back at Royal Eagles, the local club has confirmed.

Controversial midfielder Masibusane Zongo is back at Royal Eagles, the local club has confirmed. (Gallo Images)

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Controversial midfielder Masibusane Zongo has been given a chance to revive his ailing football career at local club Royal Eagles after being out of the game for a while.

The skilful but poorly disciplined player has moved from club to club down the years, and even faced a rape charge last year.

He reportedly spent months in police custody until November for breaking bail conditions related to the alleged rape of a 19-year-old woman five years ago.

Eagles first signed the player last May after being released from Platinum Stars, and although details of his release from jail remain sketchy at this stage, Eagles manager James Dlamini confirmed Zongo’s return to the Midlands outfit.

The 27-year-old ball wizard, who has also turned out for SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits among other clubs in his career, watched from the stands as Mbombela United defeated Royal Eagles 4-3 at Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday.

And while Dlamini was upset by the result and could not divulge information regarding the rape case when interviewed by The Witness after the match, he maintained that the midfielder remained one of their own, saying he should be allowed to rebuild his life.

“Zongo is an Eagles player. We have never terminated his contract. Yes, he left in those circumstances but he is out now [of prison]. We sat down as the club management and had a long discussion about the matter. We came to a conclusion that he should return to the club. So, yes he is back and he is training with us again.

Zongo has not played a professional match since he was released from prison last year, and Dlamini said for now his focus will be on regaining full fitness.

He added: “We will see how he is doing but obviously it will be very long before the coach can consider him to play. He has to focus on training and getting himself fit again because he has not been training or playing for quite some time now. He is unfit. But he is our player and [we cannot just throw him away].”

However, another source close to the club informed the newspaper that head coach Kosta Papic is against the player’s return.

“I’m not sure if he’s going to play anytime soon because the coach is not happy that he was brought back by club boss Sbu Mpisane.

“So we don’t know what’s going to happen but he’s back and he’s training with the players.”

Eagles remain in an unfamiliar 14th spot on the First Division log table after 16 matches.

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