Zongo must 'take charge of his life'

Masibusane Zongo of Stars during the Absa Premiership match between Platinum Stars and Bidvest Wits at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on November 04, 2015 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
Masibusane Zongo of Stars during the Absa Premiership match between Platinum Stars and Bidvest Wits at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on November 04, 2015 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Masibusane Zongo's former coach Kwanele Kopo has urged the midfielder to take charge of his life if he is to succeed in his career.

Zongo was fired by Platinum Stars last month for missing training but has been given another opportunity by National First Division side Royal Eagles, who have signed him on a two-year deal.

"It is about him taking a decision and hopefully, his family and the club [Eagles] can give him the support he needs," Kopo said yesterday.

The youth coach knows Zongo from their days at the SuperSport United academy.

"Every area presents its challenges and Durban is known as a vibey city. So hopefully he can stay away from those temptations."

Zongo was discovered in 2000 by Godfrey Mosoetsa after SuperSport partnered with Dutch side Feyenoord to establish their youth academy.

They had Under-12 inter- provincial tournaments where Zongo was identified with the likes of Kermit Erasmus and Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Kopo said Zongo was well- behaved as a child.

"He couldn't drink because he was young, and the only thing he had was the arrogance that he knew he could play football. Like all good players, there were instances of conflict but it was never about drinking."

Kopo said trouble started when Zongo was promoted to the senior team "that he started with the disappearing acts. I hope he can fulfil his potential. He has the ability to play for the national team, but he has to put his life together. It is never too late to change."

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