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SA Players Abroad Wrap: Dino Ndlovu, Luther Singh and Lebo Mothiba all on target

Posted: 19 March 2018 Time: 09:28

Dino Ndlovu, Luther Singh and Lebo Mothiba all found the back of the net over the weekend to play the South African flag high in their respective leagues abroad.

Dolly made his first league start since 10 February, taking to the field as Montpellier took on mid-table side Dijon. With a 2-1 lead heading into the last quarter of the game, Montpellier let all three points slip in stoppage time as Dijon rescued a point, as Montpellier drew a fifth game in a row. Dolly last 55 minutes of the game, earning much-needed game-time ahead of this week’s national team camp with Bafana Bafana. The draw lifts his side up to seventh in Ligue 1 with eight games to go.

Vitoria Guimaraes II made it ten games unbeaten in succession following their 1-1 draw with Famalicao, with both Domingo and Phete starting the game and playing the full 90 minutes. The result leaves Guimaraes ninth on the Second Division table after 29 games played.

Jacobs earned his ninth start of the season, and his first in two months, as Scottish Championship side Livingston were held to a goalless draw at home to Falkirk. Livingston is second on the log, but 12 points off leaders St Mirren.

Jacobs played the full 90 minutes as Scottish Championship side Queen of the South lost 3-1 at home to log leaders St Mirren, as they dropped down one place to sixth on the table after 28 games played.

Jali returned home after suffering a knee injury, and is expected to be out for a month as his Belgian club KV Oostende prepare for their Europa League play-offs, which will commence with a showdown against Antwerp on 2 April.

Being unregistered in CAF competition, Mahlambi watched from the sidelines as Al Ahly beat Mounana 7-1, and 11-1 on aggregate, to bulldoze their way into the CAF Champions League group stages. The former Bidvest starlet will this week meet up with his Bafana Bafana teammates after being named in Stuart Baxter’s four-nations tournament squad.

Konyaspor won their first encounter in five games, beating sixth-placed Kayserispor, but remain 17th in the Turkish standings.  Manyama was again absent from the match day squad.

Ahead of joining his South African national teammates in Bafana camp, Mokotjo got a valuable 84 minutes under the belt as Brentford played out a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough in the English Championship. Once on the verge of cracking a Premier League play-off berth, three matches without a win has left the club in 11th place, eight points off the last play-off spot.

The South African opened the scoring, netting his second goal for Lille, who unfortunately let their lead slip as they went down 2-1 to last season’s Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco. It’s now seven games in a row that Lille don’t win, as they sit second-from-bottom in the Ligue 1 standings after 30 games, with Mothiba eyeing his first Bafana cap after making Baxter’s team for the four-nations tournament.

Ndlovu’s rip-roaring start to his Hangzhou Greentown career continued after the South African netted a brace in a 4-0 win over Dalian Transcedence, his third goal in just two games, as his club sit at the top of the Chinese League One table after the first two games.

Pogon Szczecin earned their first win in four attempts, putting four past Nieciecza in a 4-2 victory, with Nunes playing the full 90 minutes. His Polish club jumped up one spot to 13th in the 16-team Polish top-flight.

Phiri earned his ninth Ligue 1 start of the campaign, playing 76 minutes as Guingamp went down 2-0 to Saint- Etienne. Guingamp are winless in six games, and sit 14th in the French top-flight standings after 30 games.

Serero made his 23rd league appearance of the season, featuring for the whole game as Dutch club Vitesse drew 0-0 with Heracles to remain sixth on the log with six games left in the campaign.

There was a bottom-of-the-table clash involving two South Africans in the Portuguese Second Division as Singh’s 19th-placed Braga took on Cele’s bottom-placed Real SC. Cele was an unused substitute while Singh made his 27th appearance of the season, netting his ninth league goal of the campaign which turned out to be a mere consolation in a 2-1 defeat.  Despite the win, Real SC are still six points behind Braga, who have joined them in the automatic relegation zone, with Gil Vicente one point ahead in 18th spot.

Untersee was again an unused substitute as Serie B club Empoli beat Venezia 3-2  to stretch their lead at the top of the Italian Second Division standings to three points, with a game in hand.

Zungu played his second 90-minute match following his return from injury as Amiens relinquished their half-time lead to draw 1-1 with Troyes. Amiens remain 16th in the league and just three points above safety with eight games left in the campaign, as Zungu now turns his attention to national team matters as he joins his Bafana teammates in camp.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis
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