SA players abroad round-up
Posted: 23 October 2017 Time: 10:15
It was a difficult weekend for South Africa’s Bafana Bafana stars, yet Lebogang Moloto, Bradley Ralani and Sibusiso Magawaza kept the flag flying high with their efforts abroad.
Dolly was not in the squad for a second week in succession as Montpellier beat St Etienne 1-0 to lift themselves to eighth in Ligue 1. It’s the fourth successive game the winger has missed.
Ever-present Jacobs started a 10th game in succession as Queen of the South won 1-0 at Brechin City. They’re now up to fifth in the standings, seven points behind St Mirren.
Jali’s Oostende suffered a last-minute 1-0 loss to St Truiden, conceding in the 89th minute to register their eighth loss in 11 games this season as they sit rock-bottom of the Belgian top-flight standings. Jali featured for the entire match, and was yellow-carded in added time. Kurt Abrahams was not included in the match day squad for St Truiden.
SIBUSISO MAGWAZA/KGAOGELO SEKGOTA
Former Bidvest Wits youth player Magwaza netted his first goal in his third appearance for Utenis Utena as they secured a 3-0 win over Stumbras in the Lithuanian top-flight. Sekgota came in for the last 25 minutes of play, yet was unable to add to his one goal this season. With the regular season now complete, Utenis end fifth, with Stumbras 10 points behind in seventh.
Manyama was not in the squad as his Turkish club Konyaspor went down 2-0 to fourth-placed Kayserispor. Konyaspor are now joint-bottom after nine league matches played.
After finishing third in the regular season, Reno 1868 Mfeka faced OKC Energy in the USL Cup quarter-finals play-offs, yet suffered a narrow 1-0 loss to be dumped out of the tournament. Mfeka played the full match and ends his season with six goals in 22 matches.
Brentford played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Sunderland on Saturday, the point leaving them 18th in the Championship standings. Mokotjo was however an unused substitute on the bench as he recovers from an injury picked up while on international duty.
In a huge match for 27-year-old Moloto, Swope Park Rangers faced off against Phoenix Rising in the USL Cup play-offs quarter-final. A goalless 90 minutes took the game to extra-time, where Ivorian legend Didier Drogba gave Phoenix the lead on 99 minutes, before Rangers levelled matters 10 minutes later to take the game to penalties. Two misses from Phoenix gave Moloto the opportunity to secure the win for Rangers, which he did as he slotted home the fourth penalty to secure the 4-2 shootout victory. Rangers now face Republic FC in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Mothiba played the entire game for Valenciennes, who went down 3-2 to third-placed Paris to leave them 10th in Ligue II after 12 games.
Ndlovu came on in the 71st minute, but was unable to help Qarabag avoid a 1-0 defeat to Qabala, who join the reigning champions at the summit of the Azerbaijani standings on 19 points after eight games. Qarabag have a game in hand however.
Nunes started his 13th game of the season, but could not prevent a 3-2 loss for Polish side Pogon Szczecin at home to Nieciecza. Pogon are now bottom of the log on nine points after 13 games.
Phiri was an unused substitute as Guingamp went down 2-1 to Nantes in Ligue 1, leaving them 11th after 10 games played.
Ralani struck an 89th-minute equaliser, his sixth goal of the season, as Swedish club Helsingborgs grabbed a last-gasp point at Degerfors to remain sixth in the standings, two points ahead of their weekend opponents. Mihlali Mayambela was an unused substitute for Degerfors.
Rantie was not in the squad as Genclerbirligi played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Akhisar, leaving them 16th on the log, one point above Manyama’s joint-bottom Konyaspor.
Serero played the full 90 minutes as Vitesse cruised to a 4-0 away victory at Heerenveen as they sit third in the Eredivise standings after nine games played.
Singh played the full 90 minutes as Sporting Braga II went down 1-0 to Sporting Covilha. Braga is joint-bottom of the Segunda Liga table alongside Vitoria Guimaraes II.
Weldwijk came on for the last 20 minutes, his seventh league appearance of the season, as Dutch club Groningen lost 1-0 to Willem II. They’re now 13th in the Eredivisie standings after nine games.
Zungu came on off the bench as Amiens beat seventh-placed Bordeaux 1-0 for just their third win of the season. Amiens are now 16th after nine league matches played.