SA players abroad: Smiles for Serero
Posted: 29 January 2018 Time: 10:18
Thulani Serero was the only South African on the winning side in a disappointing weekend for South Africans playing abroad.
The South African made his sixth first team appearance of the month, coming on for the last 13 minutes as Montpellier were humbled 4-0 by log leaders PSG. It was already 3-0 by the time the South African entered the fray. The result – Montpellier’s first loss in eight games – leaves them seventh in Ligue 1 after 23 games.
Jali started his 19th league game of the season for Oostende, playing the full 90 minutes and earning a yellow card in the process as his side gave up a 1-0 lead to go down 3-2 to Lokeren in their league match-up on Sunday. Oostende has now lost three of their last four league games, and sit 14th on the log, five points above Eupen in the relegation zone.
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Manyama was missing from his Konyaspor squad, reportedly due to injury, as they went down 2-1 to Rantie’s Genclerbirligi. Rantie, who last turned out for his club in October, was again absent as he looks to force a move away. The result drags Konyaspor down to 17th place in the Turkish standings, with Genclerbirligi four points above them in 14th.
Mokotjo lasted 75 minutes on the pitch as Brentford went down 1-0 to Norwich City, the result leaving the South African’s club 10th in the Championship standings.
Having suffered a blow to the knee in last week’s 1-1 draw with Le Havre, Mothiba - who on Sunday celebrated his 22nd birthday – was absent from the Valenciennes squad, as they ended a six-match winless run with a 2-1 victory over Niort, leaving them 12 in the Ligue II standings.
Ntlhe was an unused substitute as League One side Rochdale let their 2-1 lead slip in the dying minutes as Millwall earned a 2-2 draw in their FA Cup tie, forcing a replay early next month.
Phiri did not make it off the bench as Guingamp were humbled 3-0 at home to Nantes, the result leaving them 10th in the French top-flight.
Serero made his 15th league start for Vitesse, playing the full 90 minutes as they beat close rivals PEC Zwolle 2-1 away from home to now sit fourth in the Eredivisie standings, five points behind Zwolle.
Singh played for 59 minutes in Sporting Braga’s disappointing 3-1 loss at home to second-placed Academica in the Portuguese second division. Braga remain second-from-bottom on the log, and without a win in eight matches.
Veldwijk came on for just the last eight minutes in an action-packed 3-3 draw, as Groningen let their 3-1 lead slip to share the spoils with Heracles in the Dutch top-flight. Groningen remain 13th on the log, one points behind Heracles after 20 games played.
Zungu featured for 71 minutes as French club Amiens suffered a narrow 1-0 away defeat to Angers, leaving them 16th in Ligue 1, just two points above Toulouse in the drop zone.