Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs striker Keegan Dolly has defended his former teammate and friend Bongani Zungu’s decision to leave Amiens in France to return to Mamelodi Sundowns.

Zungu was introduced to Sundowns last week, just before they humiliated Chiefs 4-0 in a DStv Premiership game played at Loftus Stadium.

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Dolly and Zungu played together for the Brazilians under former coach Pizzo Masimane, with whom they won several trophies together and also developed a personal bond.

Dolly, who also spent four years at French Ligue 1 side Montpellier before joining Chiefs last year, says he supports Zungu’s move and also talks about his own reasons for returning to South Africa.

“I am happy for him. With his experience and everything he’s been through, I think he’s a good fit for Sundowns and he’ll bring something to the league,” Dolly said.

“There are different challenges that we face, different situations that you have to think about, like families, you have to think about a lot of factors that make you come to a certain conclusion about where you want to be and what you want for myself the future.

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“So it’s not one thing you can say that makes us come home, there’s a lot we think about and sometimes it’s not just about football, it’s about families.

“He had a newborn baby, maybe that was a factor, I know that convinced me [was] for my child to grow up in a family.

“Obviously people will judge, they expect us to stay in Europe and play there for many years, but people’s paths are not the same. If things don’t work out for you, you can’t force him and I don’t blame him for coming back.”

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