Fri 14 Feb by Mark Gleeson
Nkanyiso Zungu grew up in a staunch Kaizer Chiefs household, but will now get the chance to make himself an Orlando Pirates legend following his move from Stellenbosch FC in the last transfer window.The midfielder claims he went against his family’s wishes in supporting Pirates as a boy, though that might be an attempt to win over The Ghost, who might not take kindly to having a confirmed Chiefs fan in their squad.“The interesting thing is that I come from a family of staunch Kaizer Chiefs supporters, but as soon as I was old enough to make my own decisions, I went against the grain and chose the black and white of Pirates. I think I was mainly attracted to their style of play,” he said.“Playing for Pirates has been a childhood dream of mine so you can imagine what went through my mind when the call came through. But having said that, joining is only the start, I need to work hard to build on this and make this opportunity count.”The 24-year-old Zungu is considered to be one of the best passers of the ball in the Premier Soccer League and first emerged at AmaZulu.He was still at school when he made his debut against Witbank Spurs in 2015 in what is now the GladAfrica Championship.He featured in 27 of the club’s 30 league games that season and followed that up with another fine campaign, before losing his way once Usuthu bought their way back into the top flight by purchasing the status of Thanda Royal Zulu.He went on loan back in the second-tier at Jomo Cosmos and got his confidence back, but was then released to Stellenbosch ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, when he was reunited with former AmaZulu coach Steve Barker.He played all 30 league games last season and was a key cog for them in the first half of this campaign, before Pirates swooped in to trigger a release clause in his contract and take him to Gauteng. Zungu could make his debut in the Absa Premiership clash away at Black Leopards on Sunday.