Masibusane Zongo was initially released by Royal Eagles at the end of the season. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG - Dribbling wizard Masibusane Zongo has been given another lifeline at National First Division club Royal Eagles after initally being fired at the end of the season.

Undoutedly talented, Zongo's ill descipline has seriously hampered his career. He started at SuperSport United in 2008 and left the club in 2012 as a result of his off-field behavior. Zongo has since gone on to play for Vasco Da Gama, Bidvest Wits, Chippa United, Blackburn Rovers and Platinum Stars.

Royal Eagles bailed Zongo out when he was arrested for rape allegations earlier this season in November 2017. They paid for his legal expenses and Zongo went on to win the case and subsequently rejoined Eagles.

Last week, Royal Eagles team general manager, James Dlamini, confirmed that the club had parted ways with Zongo. However, club owner Shawn Mpisane has come to his aid despite the midfielder not being in the coach's plans.

"Zongo is not going anywhere. Sometimes you find those kids who are problem children. As mother I've got a very soft spot for him. I feel I need to help him and I haven't failed. I still feel, I can help him. He is still the part of the team," Mpisane said.

The National First Division outfit have released have since released the Mpho Mvelase, Mame Niang, Boikanyo Komane and Sandile Kubheka. Eagles also renewed the contract of their captain, Philani Cele. Mpisane went on to say that they are no longer interested in big name players.

"We don't want big name players this season. We want to get players who are unknown. We want players who are still hungry. We want players who still want to make it football. We need no big name soccer players," Mpisane explained.

Roger Sikhakhane is set to continue as the coach of the team. Eagles were suppose to travel to Swaziland fopr a pre-season camp, but are likely to cancel because they will be playing in the KwaZulu-Natal Premier's Cup.

"One or two things that I've learned in this soccer fraternity is that changing the team completely is not a good thing. If you look at the past two seasons we've finished well and the players we starting to combine nicely. The biggest mistake we made was to change the whole squad, " Mpisane concluded.

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