The South African chief digs in Rangers when he rages over Bongani Zungu’s “rejection”.

South African boss Molefi Ntseki has looked into Rangers, claiming they did not allow Bongani Zungu to join the national team.

Zungu is one of the four Bafana Bafana players who will not be included in the squad by the clubs during the Covid crisis.

The 28-year-old will now miss the crucial qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations with Ghana and Sundan.

Ntseki has claimed talks with the Premiership champions are still ongoing, but with the first AFCON clash on Thursday, a U-turn for the Rangers seems unlikely.

Ntseki feared that the safety guidelines would be enforced before the main devices.

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He told IOL: “We should all agree that nobody from South Africa or Africa brought Covid-19 with them.

“It is very unfair for us to be punished if we say, ‘You cannot be released to go to South Africa because it is a hot spot.’ I think it’s a hot spot all over the world.

“It is a huge disappointment for them not to let our players go.

“I think even in South America they were made aware that there were players who weren’t allowed to qualify for the World Cup and they suspended their games.”

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South Africa will qualify for the tournament final if they beat Ghana and Sudan fail to get that result against Sao Tome and Principe.

Hamilton and Zimbabwe forward David Moyo has also been denied the opportunity to take part in the AFCON qualifiers.

Moyo would have had to isolate himself prior to departure and would have missed several key fastenings on his return.

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