SA players abroad: Goals for Mothiba, Ndlovu
Posted: 9 April 2018 Time: 09:10
Lebo Mothiba and Dino Ndlovu were both on target over the weekend, while Bongani Zungu’s Amiens distanced themselves from possible relegation following a comprehensive victory.
The 21-year-old earned his sixth start for Portuguese Second Division club Real SC, lasting 79 minutes in his side’s 2-2 draw against Academico Viseu. Real are now unbeaten in their last three matches as they make one last attempt to save themselves from relegation – they currently prop up the standings, four points adrift of 19th-placed Sporting, with six matches left in the season.
Dolly was an unused substitute as Montpellier played out a goalless draw at Olympique Marseille. The result leaves them sixth in Ligue 1, with six points left in the campaign.
Erasmus made the bench for the first time for new Swedish club AFC Eskilstuna, but was an unused substitute as he watched his side go down 2-0 away at log leaders Falkenberg. Only two games have been played so far in the Swedish Second Division, with Eskilstuna sitting 13th in the 16-team league.
Jacobs came on as a substitute on the hour mark for Scottish Championship side Livingston, bagging an assist for the winner in his side’s 3-2 victory over Greenock Morton to maintain second spot in the standings, 12 points off leaders St Mirren.
Queen of the South are now four games without a win following their 2-0 loss at home to Inverness, with Jacobs making his 26th start of the campaign. The result leaves them sixth on the log after 33 games.
Jordan made his fifth appearance for Danish Second Division club HB Koge - with whom he will sign a permanent deal after being sent out on loan from Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon – playing 62 minutes in their 1-0 win over Thisted to leave them fifth on the log after 26 games played.
Mahlambi was not in Al Ahly’s match day squad as they drew 0-0 with Smouha, having already wrapped up the league title. They’re 19 points ahead of second-placed Ismaily after 30 games played.
The South African earned his 23rd start of the campaign for Dinamo Bucuresti, netting his first goal in a 3-1 win over Concordia in their eight-team relegation round mini league, having finished in the bottom half of the table in the regular season. Bucuresti currently top the mini league, four points ahead of second-placed Botosani as they look set to survive the drop, with the bottom two sides – who are automatically relegated – a further 12 points back.
Mokotjo played 66 minutes in his 24th start of the campaign as Brentford beat Championship rivals Ipswich Town 1-0 to remain 10th on the log, five points off promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough in sixth with just five games left in the campaign.
Moloto earned his fourth start of the campaign for new USL side Nashville, playing 87 minutes in their 2-0 win over Charlotte Independence. The result leaves them fifth on the log after just four games in the season.
The South African international was on target for the third time since re-joining Lille in January, opened the scoring in the 13th minute but to no avail as his side went down 2-1 to Bordeaux. It’s now nine games without a win for Lille, who sit in the relegation zone in 19th place on the Ligue 1 log, two points away from safety with six games left in the season.
Ndlovu continued his impressive start at Hangzhou Greentown in the Chinese Second Division, netting a brace in his side’s 2-1 win over Heilongjiang on Saturday. He now has six goals in five games, with his side sitting seventh on the log after five games played, three points off the top of the table.
In his 29th start of the campaign, Nunes was helpless as Pogon Szczecin conceded three in their 3-0 loss to Legia Warszawa, leaving them 12th in the standings after 30 games played.
Phiri was an unused substitute as Guingamp trounced Troyes 4-0, leaving them 10th on the log with six games left in the season.
Vitesse suffered their third loss in their last four games, going down 1-0 to relegation contenders NAC Breda. Serero played 82 minutes in his 25th appearance of the season, with his side now slipping down to seventh on the log after 30 matches.
In his 30th game of the campaign, Singh played the full 90 minutes as his side netted in added time for their first win in five games, beating Cova Piedade 1-0 to lift them out of the relegation play-off zone and into 16th place with six games left in the campaign.
In his 21st appearance of the season, Zungu played 61 minutes as Amiens earned their second victory on the trot, beating Caen 3-0 to distance themselves further from the drop zone – they’re now up to 13th in Ligue 1, six points ahead of Troyes in the relegation play-off spot.