SA players abroad: Dolly, Erasmus, Jali, Mahlambi, Manyama, Mokotjo, Mothiba, Rantie, Serero, Zungu
Posted: 16 October 2017 Time: 10:15
It was not a particularly successful weekend for South Africans plying their trade abroad, yet Dino Ndlovu, Tokelo Rantie and Lebogang Moloto all still have something to smile about.
Dolly was not in the squad as French club Montpellier downed Nice 2-0, leapfrogging their opponents to jump up to 11th in Ligue 1 to take their unbeaten streak to four games. The South Africa winger is finding game-time hard to come by however, having last featured for his club as a stoppage-time substitute on 16 September.
KERMIT ERASMUS/LEBOGANG PHIRI
Stade Rennes went down 2-0 to Guingamp on Saturday evening, with Kermit Erasmus again not featuring in the match day squad while Phiri failed to make it off the bench. Guingamp are ninth on the log, while Rennes lie 15th.
Jacobs started in Queen of the South’s goalless draw against Dunfermline, his ninth start of the campaign, as the Scottish side remain sixth on the Championship table after nine games played.
Jali returned to club action with bottom-of-the-log Oostende, who lost 3-2 against table-toppers Club Brugge in Belgium. It was Oostende’s seventh loss in 10 games this season.
Mahlambi was not in the squad in Al Ahly’s last league match, a 2-0 win over Al Ittihad on Thursday, but may feature for the first time when the Egyptian giants take on El Raja in their next league encounter on Monday night.
Manyama came on in the 78th minute for his third substitute appearance for Konyaspor, adding to his one start, as they lost 2-0 against Turkish giants Galatasaray, with former Lyon and Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis grabbing a brace. Konyaspor now sit 15th on the log following Saturday’s defeat.
Still no sign of Masango at Danish side Randers since his return from SuperSport United.
Mayambela was unable to keep up his good scoring form of late as Degerfors went down 2-0 away at Norrby, leaving them seventh in the Swedish standings.
Mfeka had to be substituted in the 17th minute after a rough tackle in his side’s 2-2 draw with Sacramento Republic. Reno 1868 have now qualified for the USL Cup play-offs, where they face OKC Energy on Saturday.
Mokotjo did not feature this weekend for Brentford following an injury picked up while on international duty. His club registered a 1-0 win over Millwall in his absence, just their second win of the season.
Moloto scored his seventh league goal for Swope Park Rangers on Thursday as they beat Seattle Sounders 2-0, and now face Phoenix rising in the USL Cup play-offs.
Bafana Bafana newcomer Mothiba played the full 90 minutes for Valenciennes as they beat Tours 2-0, leaving them ninth in Ligue II.
Bafana Bafana striker Ndlovu was at the double on Friday night, netting a brace as Qarabag beat Inter Baki 2-0 to maintain top spot in Azerbaijan. Ndlovu has three goals in seven league games so far this season.
Rantie came on as a 69th minute substitute, and four minutes later provided the assist as Genclerbirligi registered a shock 2-1 win over Turkish giants Besiktas – just their second win of the season. They are now 16th on the 18-team Turkish log.
Sekgota came on in the 85th minute and scored less than 60 seconds later, but could not help Lithuanian club Stumbras avoid a 3-2 defeat to fourth-placed Atlantas. Compatriot Jaisen Clifford also came on a substitute for the last 30 minutes of play. Stumbras are now seventh in the standings.
Vitesse’s Player of the Month Serero played 82 minutes in his side’s 1-1 draw at Heracles as they dropped to fourth in the Eredivisie after eight games played.
Amiens went down 1-0 at Toulouse on Saturday night, with Zungu getting his fourth start for his new club in the centre of the park. Amiens are now 17th in the Ligue 1 standings.