South African soccer players overseas in action
Posted: 20 February 2012 Time: 10:36 am
Thulani Serero caught game-time in Ajax's 4-1 win, and Kagisho Dikgacoi scored as Crystal Palace thrashed Watford 4-0.
Bafana Bafana youngster Serero saw game-time for the first time in two months when he came on as a substitute for Ajax Amsterdam in their 4-1 victory over NEC on Sunday.
Serero had been struggling to make the match day 18 in recent weeks as the team went through a slump in form and coach Frank de Boer looked towards his more experienced players.
But he returned to the bench for the midweek Uefa Europa League loss to Manchester United, and played out the final 28 minutes against NEC at the weekend.
Serero's next aim will be to make the travelling party for the visit to Old Trafford this Thursday.
On Saturday, Dikgacoi netted for his English Premiership side Crystal Palace as they trashed Watford 4-0 to record their first win in seven League games.
It is a second goal of the season for the Bafana Bafana midfielder, and his third in all for The Eagles.
It was not the prettiest of goals, bundled home from a goal-mouth scramble, but Dikgacoi continues to make an excellent contribution to his side this season.
Aaron Mokoena was back in the Portsmouth side as they lost 2-0 at Barnsley in what could potentially be one of his final matches for the club.
Financial problems have hit the side hard again and they are battling to pay their players. Having slipped into administration this week, they will receive a 10-point penalty which puts them into the relegation zone in the Championship.
Steven Pienaar was cup-tied for Everton as they strolled into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Blackpool, while Andrew Surman was on the bench for Norwich City in their shock 2-1 loss at home to Leicester City.
Calvin Kadi returned to action for Greek second tier side Veria, though his lack of game-time was due to a player strike in that country which meant the club's last four matches had been postponed.
He played in a 0-0 draw with Fokikos on Sunday that sees his side slip two points behind leaders Platanias in the race for promotion.
Bradley Grobler returned from injury for his Turkish second-tier side Goztepe as they were held 1-1 by Giresunspor to leave them hovering just above the relegation zone.
In Israel, Dino Ndlovu was replaced in the second half for Bnei Yehuda as they were held 0-0 by Maccabi Tel Aviv, but Bevan Fransman was again left out for Hapoel Tel Aviv. He has not played since early December.
Cheyne Fowler scored for new club VPS in Finland as they secured a narrow 1-0 win over FF Jaro in the pre-season League cup in that country.
In Belgium, both Siboniso Gaxa and Daylon Claasen played the full 90 minutes as Lierse drew 1-1 away at Sint Truiden, but Lance Davids was not included the match day squad after he returned from unsuccessful trials with Portland Timbers in the MLS.
Anele Ngcongca was involved for the full game as Genk kept their championship play-off hopes alive with a 2-1 win at Mons, while Ayansa Patosi was an unused sub for Lokeren as they drew 1-1 at home to title-chasing Gent.
Kamohelo Mokotjo was back in the starting line-up for Dutch Eredivisie side Feyenoord as they were held 1-1 by Waalwijk.
Tsepo Masilela was missing with a though injury for Getafe as they drew 1-1 at home to Espanyol to maintain their fine run in the Spanish La Liga this season.
And Delron Buckley was also missing, this time with suspension, as his German Bundesliga II side Karlsruher won 2-0 at home to Energie Cottbus. The result moves the side out of the relegation zone for almost the first time this season.
In Scotland, Kyle Jacobs netted for First Division Livingston as they thumped Raith Rovers 4-0. His brother Keaghan also played in the game.