Players Abroad: Mothiba the hero

Posted: 17 September 2018 Time: 11:30

Lebo Mothiba was the saviour for new French club Strasbourg, while three other South Africans were also on target over the weekend.

KURT ABRAHAMS
The youngster’s incredible start for Westerlo continued as he netted a third goal in as many games for his new club, helping them to a third win in a row after a 4-1 drumming of third-placed Lommel. Westerlo remain top of the log after six games, having opened up a four-point gap over second-placed Beerschot-Wilrijk.

THABO CELE/ KERMIT ERASMUS/ SPHEPHELO SITHOLE
Cele played the entire 90 minutes for Cova de Piedade, as they claimed a 2-1 win over Vitoria FC reserves. Sphephelo and Erasmus also featured for Vitoria, with Erasmus playing the entire match while Sithole featured in the last 12 minutes.

KEAGAN DOLLY/ LEBO MOTHIBA
The two South Africans squared off as Montpellier hosted Strasbourg, with Dolly’s second start of the season ending in disaster as he was substituted off after just six minutes, suffering a horrible foul which could see him remain sidelined for a lengthy period of time. After Montpellier took the lead, Mothiba was introduced in the second half for his second Strasbourg appearance and ended the night as his side’s saviour, rising highest to head home in the third minute of stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 draw. Montpellier sit sixth in Ligue 1, and Strasbourg 16th.

KEAGHAN JACOBS
Jacobs made his second start of the season for Livingston in the Scottish top-flight, playing the full 90 minutes as they beat Hamilton Academical 1-0, leaving them third on the log, level on points with second-placed Celtic.

KYLE JACOBS
It was a fifth start in succession for Jacobs, who continued his ever-presence for Queen of the South as they drew 0-0 with Ross County, leaving them fourth on the log in five games.

LIAM JORDAN
Jordan made his eighth appearance for Danish second division side HB Koge as they beat Thisted 3-1, leaving them second on the log after eight games.

MAY MAHLANGU
Mahlangu was again absent from the squad for new Bulgarian team Ludogorets, who beat Vereya 2-1 to remain third on the log after eight games.

LINDO MFEKA
Mfeka made his 15th start of the season as USL side Reno 1868 edged LA Galaxy 1-0 to left themselves to eighth on the Western Conference log after 28 games.

KAMOHELO MOKOTJO
Mokotjo was an unused substitute as Championship club Brentford made it back-to-back wins with a 2-0 victory over Wigan, the three points leaving them joint-second on the log after seven matches.

DINO NDLOVU
Ndlovu continued his fine form in China, bagging a brace to take his tally to 15 for the season for Chinese Second Division club Zhejiang Greentown, who let their 2-0 lead slip in an eventual 2-2 draw with Beijing BG, leaving them second on the log after 23 games.

RICARDO NUNES
Nunes played his eighth game of the season as Polish club Pogon Szczecin earned just their fourth point of the campaign, drawing 1-1 with Korona Kielce which lifted them off the bottom of the log to 15th after eight games.

LEBOGANG PHIRI
Phiri earned just his second start of the campaign, playing the full 90 minutes as his Ligue 1 side Guingamp lost 4-0 to Marseille. Guingamp sit rock-bottom of the French table, and are yet to register a point after five games this season.

THULANI SERERO
Vitesse ended their four-match winless streak with a 2-0 win over PEC Zwolle, with Serero playing the full 90 minutes in his fifth game of the season. Vitesse sit sixth on the log with eight points after five games.

TIYI SHIPALANE
Shipalane came on for the last 28 minutes for his 18th appearance of the season as as USL club North Carolina beat Penn 1-0 away from home, leaving them 10th on the log after 28 games.

PERCY TAU
Tau registered an assist in his second league start for Belgian Second Division side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, playing 84 minutes in their 2-0 victory over KSV Roeselare, leaving them fourth on the log after six games.

SIPHIWE TSHABALALA
The former Kaizer Chiefs star got his first start for new Turkish side Erzurumspor, but was taken off after 43 minutes in his side’s 2-2 draw with Sivasspor for just their second point of the season. Erzurumspor sit 17th on the log after five games.

LARS VELDWIJK
Veldwijk was on target for the second time this season, netting the opener in Dutch second division club Sparta Rotterdam’s 2-0 win over Den Bosch, leaving them third on the log after five games.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis

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