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Posted: 26 February 2018 Time: 10:20

It was not a particularly riveting weekend for South Africa’s footballers abroad, with only four involved in league victories as the season’s end draws ever near.

Dolly was an unused substitute in Montpellier’s away clash at Strasbourg, which ended in a goalless stalemate. Despite the solitary point, Montpellier have moved up to a season’s high fifth in Ligue 1, level on points with Nantes, but still 11 points adrift of Olympique Lyon who sit in the only Europa League qualifying spot.

Domingo made his 20th league game of the campaign, playing 68 minutes in Vitoria Guimaraes’ 0-0 draw with Academico Viseu in the Portuguese Second Division. Guimareas are now seven games unbeaten, but still lie 10th on the standings after 26 games played.

Jacobs made his 18th start of the campaign, playing the entire match as Scottish Championship club Queen of the South played out a goalless draw against Dunfermline to remain sixth in the league after 25 games played.

Jali was introduced for the last five minutes of Oostende’s league encounter against St Truiden, helping his side maintain their 2-0 victory and continue their four-match unbeaten run. Oostende are still only 12th in the Belgian Pro league, but are guaranteed of safety with just two matches left in the season.

Links earned his fourth start since moving to Egypt last month, playing the full 90 minutes as Alassiouty Sport beat El Dakhlia 4-2 to move up to 10th in the Egyptian standings after 26 games.

Mahlambi was an unused substitute as Al Ahly overcame Entag El Harby 2-1 to extend their lead at the summit of the standings to 21 points.

Mahlangu made his 21st league appearance of the season, playing the full 90 minutes as Dinamo Bucuresti lost for the first time in 11 games, losing 2-0 to fourth-placed Astra to slip three places down to eight in the Romanian Liga I table.

Manyama has not featured this year for Konyaspor, and was again absent from the club’s match day squad as they lost 3-0 to 10th-placed Akhisarspor, leaving them 16th on the log and in the automatic relegation zone with 11 matches left in the season.

Mokotjo played 69 minutes in Brentford’s 1-0 loss to Leeds in their league encounter over the weekend, leaving them 10th in the Championship but still just four points off Bristol City in sixth, the last promotion play-off spot.

Mothiba continued leading the line for Lille, but failed to register his name on the scoresheet, playing 84 minutes as Lille suffered a last-minute 2-1 loss to fellow relegation contenders Anger, who leapfrogged their opponents in the process. Lille are now in serious trouble as they sit 19th in Ligue 1, one point behind three teams in Angers, Toulouse and Troyes who sit in the relegation play-off spot.

Nunes made his 23rd appearance of the season, as Pogon Szczecin claimed a 2-1 victory at home to seventh-placed Wislo Plock to finally lift themselves off the bottom of the Polish league standings into 15th place after 24 games.

Phiri made his eighth league start of the season, lasting 61 minutes in Guingamp’s 2-2 draw at home to bottom-placed Metz to leave them 10th in Ligue 1 with 11 matches of the season to go.

The new Lithuanian season got underway this past weekend, with Stumbras facing off against last season’s champions Suduva in their opening encounter – the very same side which beat them 5-0 in the Super Cup final a week before. The result was similar this week, as Stumbras lost 2-0, with Sekgota entering the fray with just seven minutes left on the clock. Compatriot Jaisen Clifford was not in the squad.

Serero was an unused substitute as Vitesse dropped points for a second week in a row, drawing 2-2 away at VVV to remain seventh in the Eredivisie after 25 games played.

Singh played the full 90 minutes in his side’s league clash against 17th-placed Oliveirense, helping Braga emerge 3-2 victors for their first win in 13 games to jump up one spot to 18th on the league table, two points above safety with 12 games left in the campaign. 

Zungu is still out injured and did not make it into Amiens’ match day squad, as they recorded a much-needed 1-0 win over sixth-placed Nantes, their first win in five games, lifting them three places up to 15th on a congested Ligue 1 table.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis
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