SA players abroad wrap
Posted: 27 November 2017 Time: 09:25
There were goals for Bongani Zungu, Lebo Mothiba and Dino Ndlovu, as well as a first Al Ahly start for Phakamani Mahlambi, in what was a memorable weekend for South Africans playing abroad.
Cele made his first start for Benfica II on Sunday, as they drew 0-0 with Leixoes in the Portuguese second tier. It was the KwaMashu-born midfielder’s fourth appearance in total, with the draw leaving his side 15th on the log after 14 games.
Another frustrating weekend for the former Mamelodi Sundowns winger, who was not named in the squad for his side’s clash against Lille. Montpellier won the game 3-0, lifting them up to seventh in Ligue 1.
Domingo and Thibang Phete both started for Vitoria Guimaraes II in their 2-1 loss to Penafiel, as the club remains bottom of the Portuguese second division.
Erasmus was nowhere in sight as Rennes beat Nantes 2-1, lifting themselves up to ninth in the French top-flight.
The two Jacobs brothers were in action against each other in Scotland, with Keaghan’s Livingstone emerging 3-0 away winners at Queen of the South, with Kyle receiving his marching orders on 70 minutes after picking up a second yellow card. Livingston are up to third in the Championship, with Queen of the South fifth, four points behind.
Jali served the second match of his suspension as he watched his Oostende side beat bottom-placed AS Eupen 1-0 to climb up one place to 12th on the log.
Following his first appearance as a substitute earlier in the week, Mahlambi received his first start for Al Ahly on Friday as the Red Devils beat 11th-placed El Daklyeh 2-0 to jump up to fourth on the log, with four games in hand. Mahlambi started at right wing, playing 87 minutes before being brought off in the closing stages.
Mahlangu was not in the squad for a second match day in a row as Romanian club Dinamo Bucuresti beat CSM Iasi to remain seventh on the log.
Manyama was an unused substitute for Konyaspor as they lost 2-1 to 10th-placed Kasimpasa, their eighth defeat in 13 games, to leave them in 15th place on the Turkish table.
Marakis made his 14th start for Portuguese second division club Uniao Medeira as they lost 2-1 to Nacional, as they dropped to 18th place after 15 games.
It was a weekend to remember for Mothiba, who bagged a brace in Valenciennes’ 4-2 victory over Lorient. It was the 21-year-old’s eighth goal of the season, taking him to second in the Ligue II goalscoring charts. Valenciennes are now ninth in the league after 16 games, just five points off a promotion play-off spot.
The South African striker netted his fifth goal of the season in Qarabag’s 3-2 victory over second-placed Zira, as his side opened a three-point gap at the top of the table with a game in hand.
Ntlhe came on as a second-half substitute in English club Rochdale’s 2-0 win over Peterborough, lifting them to 19th in the league.
Polish side Pogon Szczecin earned their first point in six games, throwing away their 2-1 lead to draw 2-2 with 15th-placed Piast Gliwice. Nunes played the full 90 minutes, as Pogon still sit bottom of the log after 17 games.
Phiri was an unused substitute as Guingamp lost 1-0 to Olympique Marseille, as they dropped to 15th in Ligue 1.
Rantie has been listed as injured as he sat out a fifth match in succession, as Genclerbirligi lost 2-0 to Osmanlispor to remain joint-bottom of the log.
Sandows was an unused substitute for Brazilian second division side Figueirense as they beat Paysandu 1-0 in the final game of the season, as they ended 12th out of 20 teams. Sandows managed five appearances for his new club since moving from Gremio earlier this year.
Serero played the entire game, his eleventh appearance of the season, as Dutch side Vitesse beat Ado Den Haag 2-0 to remain sixth on the Eredivisie table after 13 games.
Singh made his 12th appearance of the season for Sporting Braga II, as they drew 1-1 with Gil Vicente to remain 12th on the log after 14 games played.
Untersee’s Empoli came back from three goals down to draw 3-3 in a thrilling Serie B encounter against Frosinone, with the South Africa-born defender playing the entire match, his 12th of the season. Empoli are fifth in Serie B, four points adrift of leaders Bari.
Veldwijk came on for the last 15 minutes in Groningen’s 2-0 defeat to Feyenoord, leaving them 13th after 13 games in the Eredivisie.
Zungu capped off a memorable ninth appearance for Amiens with his first goal for the French club in their 2-0 away victory at Metz. His performance earned him a spot in L’Equipe’s French Team of the Week, as Amiens jumped to 10th spot in the Ligue 1 standings with 18 points from 14 games.