SA Players Abroad: Keagan Dolly growing in confidence in France
Posted: 5 February 2018 Time: 10:56
Keagan Dolly’s upward trajectory in France keeps gaining momentum, as the South African started, and provided an assist, in Montpellier’s league victory over the weekend.
THANDO CELE/THIBANG PHETE/HAASHIM DOMINGO
Three South Africans were in action as Real SC took on Vitoria Guimaraes in the Portuguese Second Division, with visiting Guimaraes securing all three points in a 3-1 victory. Domingo netted the opener – his third of the season – before being substituted on 72 minutes, while teammate Phete was only brought on with three minutes to go. Cele was brought on for Real for the last 25 minutes, with his club struggling at the bottom of the log, while Guimaraes are up to 13th.
Dolly’s fine form for Montpellier continued as he was handed a Ligue 1 start against Angers in their come-from-behind 2-1 victory at home. The South African provided the assist for his side’s equaliser, featuring for 68 minutes before making way for Isaac Mbenza, who netted the winner three minutes later. The victory sees Montpellier jump up to an impressive sixth place in the French top-flight standings.
Jali’s accumulation of yellow cards saw him sit out Oostende’s 1-1 draw with Zulte-Waregem on Sunday, leaving them 14th on the log with five games left to play this season.
Following his first appearance off the bench last week, the former Platinum Stars youngster was an unused substitute for Alassiouty Sport as they drew 1-1 in an Egyptian premier League clash against Al Mokawloon, leaving them 12th on the log after 22 games.
The South African did not join his side’s first team, but was instead fielded in AL Ahly’s Friday friendly against a Saudi Arabian League All Stars team, a match organised in honour of Saudi Arabia and Al Shabab club legend Fouad Anwar, who announced his retirement from football. Mahlambi took his opportunity to shine however, netting the only goal of the game in the 34th minute as his club won the friendly 1-0.
Mahlangu featured in his 18th league game this season, playing the entire match as Dinamo Bucuresti netted with four minutes to go to salvage a point in a 2-2 draw at home to CS Craiova. Dinamo are seventh on the log with just three games left in the regular season.
After being included in the squad for Konyaspor’s midweek cup game, Manyama was absent for match day 21 as his side scored in the second minute of added time to secure a vital 1-1 draw with log leaders Istanbul Basaksehir. The result leaves them second-from-bottom on the table, with 14 games left in the campaign.
In similar fashion to last weekend, Mokotjo was fielded for 75 minutes on the pitch before being substituted as Brentford suffered a second loss on the trot, this time going down 3-0 to second-on-the-log Derby County. The loss sees the club drop one place to 11th in the Championship standings.
Following his deadline day return from Valenciennes to parent club LOSC Lille, Mothiba was not named in the squad as his Ligue 1 club went down 3-0 to runaway leaders PSG. Lille are now 18th in the French top-flight, just a point above an automatic relegation berth.
Phiri played the full 90 minutes as Guingamp recorded their first win in five games, securing a narrow 1-0 victory over Rennes to leapfrog their opponents into ninth on the French Ligue 1 table.
It seems Rantie is now a free agent after Turkish media reported his release from Turkish club Genclerbirligi, having gone AWOL and not played for the club since October. Rantie has been de-registered as per the Turkish FA website, but remains listed as a player on the club’s official website, with his side yet to officially announce his departure.
THULANI SERERO/LARS VELDWIJK
Serero played the full 90 minutes as Vitesse got the better of Groningen 2-0, leaving them sixth on the Eredivisie standings on 34 points after 21 games. Veldwijk was brought on for the last 23 minutes but to no avail, as Groningen remain 13th on the log.
F0lloiwng an injury picked up in Amiens’ last outing, Zungu was forced to sit out his side’s league encounter against St Etienne as they went down 2-0, leaving them in a precarious 17th spot on the French table.