SA players abroad: Mahlambi provides, Jali returns
Posted: 4 December 2017 Time: 10:15
Phakamani Mahlambi provided an assist in Egypt, while Andile Jali made his return in Belgium, but the likes of Keagan Dolly and Tokelo Rantie continue to watch on from the sidelines in Europe.
Cele started a second game in succession for Benfica II as they beat ninth-placed Arouca 1-0 in the Portuguese second tier, as the club climbed up to 13th in the standings after 15 games played.
Dolly was not in the squad as Montpellier drew 1-1 with French giants Olympique Marseille, with the winger reportedly nursing a groin injury. The dropped points at home saw Montpellier slip down one place to eighth in the Ligue 1 standings after 16 matches.
Three South Africans were involved in the Portuguese second-tier clash between Vitoria Guimaraes II and Sporting Braga II, with Domingo and Thibang Phete’s Guimaraes emerging 3-1 winners against compatriot Luther Singh. Domingo played 83 minutes, Phete came on for the last 20 minutes while Singh played the whole game. Despite the win, Guimaraes are still bottom of the log, while Braga sit 14th.
Jacobs returned to the starting line-up after his red card two matches ago as Queen of the South drew 0-0 with Inverness in the Scottish Championship, the dropped points leaving his club sixth on the log after 15 games, seven points adrift of leaders Dundee Untied.
Jali was drafted straight back into the starting line-up after serving his red card suspension as Oostende maintained their seven-match unbeaten run with a 1-1 away draw at second-placed Sporting Charleroi, Knowledge Musona grabbing the equaliser on 58 minutes. The point leaves Oostende 12th on the table after 17 games.
Mahlambi made his third appearance for Al Ahly on Saturday evening, coming off the bench and contributing an assist for his side’s last goal as they thumped Enppi 4-1 to jump up to second in the Egyptian standings. They’re now just five points off first-placed Ismaily with four games in hand as they play catch-up following their CAF Champions League exploits.
Despite his man-of-the-match performance in the Turkish Cup midweek, Manyama was an unused substitute as Konyaspor went down 3-0 to fifth-placed Bursaspor in the league as they dropped down to 16th place on the Turkish table.
Mokotjo made his 10th league start of the season, playing the entire game as Championship club Brentford came back from 1-0 down to beat Fulham 3-1, lifting themselves to 11th on the log after 20 games played. They’re eight points adrift of a promotion play-off spot.
Mothiba did not feature as Valenciennes were involved in French Cup action, easing past Evreux 3-0 to advance to the next round of the competition.
Ndlovu made his 13th appearance of the season, lasting 79 minutes in Qarabag’s 1-0 victory over fifth-placed Neftci to maintain their spot at the summit of the table, three points ahead of Qabala with a game in hand.
Following their first point in six games last week, Pogon Szczecin went back to their losing ways, suffering a 1-0 defeat at Jagiellonia Bialystok – their 12th loss in 18 games as they prop up the Polish table. Nunes played the full 90 minutes.
Phiri started his fifth league game of the season as Guingamp earned a 1-0 away victory at Troyes, leapfrogging their opponents to 14th on the Ligue 1 table.
Still no sign of Rantie at Genclerbirligi as they beat Sivvasspor 4-0 to now sit 17th in the standings.
Serero played 82 minutes in Vitesse’s 1-0 defeat to Feyenoord as they slipped to seventh in the Eredivisie.
Veldwijk came on for the last 20 minutes in his side’s 3-0 victory over Ado Den Haag, lifting Groningen up to 12th in the Eredivisie standings.