SA players abroad wrap Serero Rantie Furman Xulu Jali Patosi Claasen
Posted: 29 April 2014 Time: 08:45
Thulani Serero has become the latest South African to claim a Dutch league winners medal with Ajax Amsterdam - find out how the rest of his compatriots did in Europe at the weekend.
Serero will receive a R4-million bonus having played a major part in the success of Ajax this season as they clinched the league with a 1-1 draw at Heracles. It is the third time in a row that Serero has won the league with Ajax and along with Tokelo Rantie’s Swedish title triumph with Malmo at the end of 2013, is the only league champions abroad … so far.
He could be joined by Daylon Claasen, who made his first start for Polish side Lech Poznan in six weeks as they won 3-0 at home to Wisła Kraków to stay in the hunt for the championship this season. Lech are five points off the pace with six matches to play.
Back to Holland and Kamohelo Mokotjo’s PEC Zwolle lost 2-1 at home to PSV Eindhoven to slip to 10th in the Dutch league table.
Andile Jali started again for Belgian side Oostende as they sealed a place in the UEFA Europa League playoffs with a 1-1 draw against Gent on Saturday. The result means that Oostende have an unassailable four-point lead at the top of their mini-league and will feature in the playoff final.
Darren Keet, who is out injured for the remainder of the campaign, will be hoping that is his side as they face Charleroi in a ‘winner-takes-all’ clash to decide the other pool on Saturday.
Ayanda Patosi was a late substitute for Lokeren as they lost 3-1 to Club Brugge in the championship play-offs, while Anele Ngcongca played for Genk as they drew 2-2 at Zulte-Waregem. Both sides are seemingly out of contention for the European places.
The promotion hopes of Phakase Mngadi and Ntuthuko Radebe with Belgian second-tier Eupen were ended at the weekend as they lost 1-0 at champions Westerlo, with neither of the South Africans playing.
Kagisho Dikgacoi was on the bench as Crystal Palace’s five-match winning run came to an end with 2-0 loss to title-chasing Manchester City.
Tokelo Rantie was a late substitute and Andrew Surman started as Bournemouth won 4-1 at home to Nottingham Forest in the English Championship, but their hopes of making the post-season playoffs after over with just a single round of matches still to play.
Dean Furman started for Doncaster Rovers as they let a lead slip to lose 3-1 at home to Reading and find themselves just one point above the relegation zone. A draw for Birmingham City in midweek will see Rovers tumble into the drop-zone ahead of their final game of the season away at league champions Leicester City on Saturday.
May Mahlangu got more minutes for Swedish side Goteborg as he works his way back from serious injury, this time playing 35 minutes in the 1-0 win over Falkenberg.
Mark Mayambela, also working his way back from injury, was an unused substitute for Djurgardens as they won 3-2 at Brommapojkarna.
Ayanda Nkili missed Orebro’s victory at the weekend through injury.
Storm Roux’s hopes of retaining the league title in Australia were ended when the Central Coast Mariners lost their semifinal against Western Sydney Wanderers to end a bad week after they were also dumped out of the Asian champions league by Japanese side Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Keegan Ritchie, Siyanda Xulu, Lebogang Phiri and Tiyiselani Shipalane all missed matches for their respective clubs with injury.