Nkanyiso Zungu, a midfielder for the Orlando Pirates who was recently loaned out, has disclosed that he battled depression while playing for Mayfair.
Zungu is presently signed up with PSL newcomers Richards Bay FC for the upcoming campaign; this was caused, among other things, by his lack of playing time at Pirates.
Since his transfer from Stellenbosch FC to the Pirates in January 2021, the left-footer has had difficulty securing a spot in the starting lineup.
However, the Buccaneers didn't lose hope in him and anticipated he would work hard to maintain his status as a starter until his off-field problems started to harm him.
Zungu's tenure with Pirates came to an end in March 2022 when he was suspended after an assault accusation was filed against him.
He was sidelined until the end of the 2021–22 campaign, and the Pirates' management made the decision to lend him to Richards Bay in June.
Zungu has since dropped a bombshell regarding his difficulties with the Pirates, claiming that a lot was going on both personally and behind the scenes at the team.
Nevertheless, he took away certain things that he thinks would benefit him and other players who want to play for the Pirates.
NKANYISO ZUNGU Announces Depressive Disorder at Orlando Pirates
According to Soccer Laduma, Zungu admitted to the media that sometimes things happen, you get a lot of frustration and end up having depression, which makes you do things and I don't want to talk about it for now, as it is personal, but now I'm okay and want to play football.
Aside from not being able to play football, a lot of things were happening in my personal life that contributed to the depression, but I don't want to talk about it.
As a player, you must work hard, be disciplined, constantly understand your position, always act professionally, respect yourself and those around you, and always play for the badge rather than for yourself, according to Zungu.
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