Bongani Zungu slammed by Amiens coach Philippe Hinschberger.

 Bongani Zungu slammed by Amiens coach Philippe Hinschberger.

Bongani Zungu slammed by Amiens coach Philippe Hinschberger.

 

Bongani Zungu at the Training ground at Europe.
Europe. Bongani Zungu. Amiens.

 

Bongani Zungu has been slammed by Amiens head coach Philippe Hinschberger after his game-changing red card on Saturday evening.

After receiving consecutive yellow cards for dissent within seconds of each other during Amiens’ 2-1 defeat to Pau on Saturday, Zungu was given his marching orders.

The Ligue 2 side was leading 1-0 thanks to a goal from Mateo Pavlovic at the time of his dismissal, but they squandered their lead after goals from Farid El Melali and Samuel Essende of Pau turned the tie around.

After the game, Zungu’s actions, which were described as aggressive toward match officials, were widely blamed for the club’s loss.

“It’s a game we could have won without a hitch, we even had the ball and could have made it 2-0 through Chadrac [Akolo],” coach Philippe Hinschberger said per Le 11 Amienoi. “The red card is abnormal and everything is summed up in these two turning points of the match.

“I don’t want to attack the referee who was pretty good, the fault is entirely on Zungu. I’m neither in his head nor in his body but he got the card. We shot ourselves in the foot, we can say that we scuttled ourselves.”

Bernard Joannin, the club president, echoed these sentiments after Zungu was fired and publicly pointed the finger at him.

“There are a lot of regrets after this defeat and disappointment also for Philippe Hinschberger, Francis De Percin and the staff of Amiens SC who prepared this match with the strong desire to win to move up the standings and overtake the evening opponent,” Joannin added, as translated.

“But two facts put an end to our very good first half. A head-to-head loss [Akolo’s chance] at the hour mark which would have allowed us to lead 2-0 and at the end of the match, what can we say about the unacceptable attitude of Bongani Zungu?

“After verbal exchanges with the referee, he collects a yellow card, then persists in his aggressive attitude. Sanctioned by a red card, he abandoned his teammates to ten for the last twenty-five minutes.”

Since returning to fitness, Zungu has made three consecutive starts for Amiens.

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