SA players abroad round-up
Posted: 30 October 2017 Time: 10:15
South African youngsters Lebo Mothiba and Luther Singh were on the mark over the weekend to bring some joy to a relatively disappointing weekend for our local footballers playing abroad.
The Belgium-based 20-year-old came on for the last 15 minutes for his fourth appearance of the season, but could not help St Truiden as they slipped to a 4-1 defeat to Club Brugge. They’re now fourth, 10 points behind first-placed Brugge in the Belgian top-flight standings.
Montpellier, now ninth on the log, went down 1-0 to 13th-placed Rennes, with neither Keagan Dolly nor Kermit Erasmus in the match day squads.
Jacobs came on as a second-half substitute as Livingston beat Brechnin City 3-2 to remain second in the Scottish Championship.
Ever-present Jacobs played the full 90 minutes as Queen of the South beat Falkirk 4-2 to remain fifth in the Scottish Championship standings, five points behind St Mirren.
Jali played the full 90 minutes, and picked up his third yellow card of the season, as Oostende secured a valuable 3-0 away win at Lokeren to lift themselves off the bottom of the log and into 13th place in the standings.
Former Bidvest Wits youth player Magwaza lasted 54 minutes in his fifth appearance for Utenis Utena as they went down 3-0 to Jonava in the championship stages of the Lithuanian top-flight league.
Mahlambi is yet to make his debut for Al Ahly, yet cannot feature in his side’s CAF commitments as he was not registered in their African squad before joining. Mahlambi watched from the stands as Al Ahly drew their first leg CAF Champions League final 1-1 at home to Wydad Casablanca.
Mahlangu played the full 90 minutes on Thursday as Romanian club Dinamo Bucuresti beat Aerostar Bacau 1-0 in their Romanian Cup Last 32 clash to advance in the competition.
Manyama was not in the squad as his Turkish club Konyaspor beat bottom-placed Osmanlispor 1-0. They’re now 14th in the Turkish top-flight.
Mayambela started his 27th game of the season as Degerfors drew 1-1 with Gefle to remain eighth in the Swedish second-tier standings.
Brentford’s recent resurgence continued as they beat Preston North End 3-2 away from home, with Mokotjo playing the full 90 minutes, having fully recovered from his injury. Brentford are still 18th in the 24-team league but are nine points above bottom-placed Bolton.
Moloto started in his side’s narrow 1-0 defeat of Sacramento Republic in the semi-finals of the USL Cup, as Swope Park Rangers advance to next weekend’s final where they face OKC Energy.
Mothiba continued his good form for Valenciennes, netting his sixth goal in 11 starts, yet it was not enough as his side went down 2-1 to Nimes to drop to 13th in the Ligue II standings.
Despite going down to 10 men in the first half, Ndlovu’s Qarabag recorded a last-minute 1-0 victory over Sebail to remain at the summit of the Azerbaijani standings. The Bafana Bafana striker played the full 90 minutes.
The 23-year-old defender came on in the 58th minute for English club Rochdale as they drew 1-1 away at Plymouth, leaving them 19th on the League One table.
Nunes started his 14th game of the season for struggling Polish side Pogon Szczecin as they suffered their seventh defeat in nine games, going down 3-0 to Slask Wroclaw to remain bottom of the table.
Phete and Domingo both featured as Vitoria Guimaraes II went down 2-1 to seventh-placed Famalicao. Guimaraes II are bottom of the log with eight points after 11 games.
Helsingborgs recorded a 3-0 away win at Orgryte to jump up to fifth in the Swedish second-tier, with Ralani featuring for the entire match.
Rantie, who is considering his Bafana Bafana future, was not in the squad for the second week in a row as Genclerbirligi lost 1-0 at home to Yeni Malatyaspor to remain second-from-bottom in the Turkish standings.
Sekgota came on in the 54th minute as Lithuanian side Stumbras beat Banga 2-1 away in the first leg of their promotion/relegation play-off encounter, as they look to stay up in the country’s top-flight. Compatriot Jaisen Clifford was an unused substitute on the bench.
Serero played 62 minutes in Vitesse’s 4-2 loss to Dutch giants PSV as they dropped to fifth in the Eredivisie standings, nine points behind leaders PSV.
Singh scored his fourth goal in nine games as Sporting Braga II came from behind to beat Real 3-1, lifting themselves off the bottom of the Portuguese second-tier table to 19th spot.
Veldwijk came on for the last eight minutes but could not prevent a fourth defeat in five games for Groningen, who went down 2-1 to Sparta Rotterdam, slipping to 14th in the Eredivisie standings.
Zungu played the entire game as Amiens drew 1-1 with Guingamp to remain 16th on the log. Compatriot Lebogang Phiri was not in the match day squad for Guingamp.