Mamelodi Sundowns: Bongani Zungu Trends As Fans Call for His Ban After Breaking Bernard Parker’s Leg

Mamelodi Sundowns: Bongani Zungu Trends As Fans Call for His Ban After Breaking Bernard Parker’s Leg

  • South African football fans are expressing outrage after Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Bongani Zungu's reckless tackle left TS Galaxy's Bernard Parker with a broken leg
  • Many are demanding Zungu's ban and an apology to Parker and his fans, with some fearing that Parker's professional football career may be in jeopardy
  • Zungu's lack of remorse and unsportsmanlike behaviour following the incident has fueled the backlash and calls for accountability in the football community

South African football fans are fuming on social media after Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Bongani Zungu's nasty tackle that left Bernard Parker's leg broken.

Mamelodi Sundowns player Bongani Zungu broke Bernard Parker's leg
Mamelodi Sundowns' midfielder Bongani Zungu broke Bernard Parker’s leg. Image: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images and Steve Haag/Getty Images
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Football fans call for Mamelodi Sundowns star Bongani Zungu's ban

Bongani Zungu recently found his name trending for all the wrong reasons on social media. The football player was given a red card after tackling TS Galaxy’s Bernard Parker during the Carling Knockout Cup at Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday night.

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Replays circulating on social media show how Zungu tackled Parker causing his shin guard and leg to break. The incident has caused an uproar on social media. Many are slamming Bongani Zungu for failing to show remorse after critically injuring a fellow player.

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Briefly News spoke to Sports Journalist Blessing Malinganiza, who stressed the point that Zungu should have shown remorse instead of opposing the judgement.

"For starters, that was a very crude tackle with the potential to end Parker's career, although it looked like Bongani Zungu had a genuine intention to go for the ball. The bad part of it though is that Zungu doesn't show any remorse, yet he is a very senior player with vast experience. He keeps on arguing against the decision yet it's clear he has broken Parker's leg and I feel he was inhuman."

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She added that the incident will leave a dent in Zungu's career, as Mzansi is already clamouring for his ban.

"It obviously dents his image as a player. Already there is an outcry on social media with football fans castigating Zungu which is bad for his image as a player.
"As for the punishment, that red card was good enough, although upon reviews of the footage Zungu might be handed a heftier punishment, like more games on the sidelines."

Mzansi wants Bongani Zungu to issue an apology

Many people on social media have been speculating that TS Galaxy’s Bernard Parker may never be able to play professional football again after the injury. Some football fanatics are calling for Zungu's immediate ban, while others are saying he must issue a public apology to Parker and his fans.

@Cellular_jnr said:

"Bongani Zungu must come out with a statement of apology to the football fraternity and also to the Parker family for what he did… I honestly believe he didn’t mean to do that and the reaction he had towards the action wasn’t proper as well. He must be professional and apologize before things get worse for him cause already the football community is mad and angry about the incident."

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@moflavadj added:

"Let’s assume Zungu’s brutal tackle on Parker was unintentional,why was he still acting like nothing happened? His reaction was not what sportsman like."

@MightiJamie noted:

"What a horrible tackle. Zungu also revealed how arrogant and selfish he is because he showed no remorse and no empathy for breaking someone’s leg and ending the career of a legend. Zero ubuntu."

@MagoshaRendani noted:

"I'm a football fan before a I'm Mamelodi Sundowns fan, that nasty challenge by Bongani Zungu was reckless and this Bongani Zungu is inhumane and he is arrogant."

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Privie Kandi (Entertainment Editor) Privilege Kandi is an entertainment news editor (joined Briefly in 2022). A Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from the Christian College of Southern Africa (2016), she has been in the arts and entertainment industry for six years. Privie has worked for the Zimbabwe International Film and Festival Trust as a communications officer and a writer and TV producer for lifestyle and entertainment channel CME TV. She passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative. You can reach her at privie.kandi@briefly.co.za.

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