SA Players Abroad wrap: Goals for Thulani Serero, Dino Ndlovu and May Mahlangu
Posted: 16 April 2018 Time: 09:54
Goals from Thulani Serero, Dino Ndlovu and May Mahlangu, with a number of assists to boot, capped off a relatively successful weekend for a number of South Africans abroad.
Cele made his eighth appearance of the season as Portuguese Second Division side Real SC went down 2-1 at home to 11th-placed Varzim. Real is under serious threat of relegation, sitting bottom of the log, two points behind 19th-placed Sporting who have a game in hand, with four games left in the campaign.
Montpellier suffered their first defeat in 10 games, going down 3-1 to 10th-placed Bordeaux. Dolly was substituted on at half-time for his first league appearance in a month, but unfortunately could not help his side avoid defeat, as they slipped down to seventh on the Ligue 1 table with five games left in the season.
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Domingo played 79 minutes as Vitoria Guimaraes II went down 3-1 in their league clash against Braga, with South Africa’s Luther Singh absent for the hosts. Braga are now up to 16th in the league, while Guimaraes remain 10th.
Erasmus made his debut for Swedish Second Division club AFC Eskilstuna, coming on as a first-half substitute in his side’s 4-0 win of bottom-placed Varnamo, their first win of the season. They are now up to sixth in the league after three games.
Jacobs earned his 27th appearance of the season as Scottish Championship club Queen of the South snapped their four-game winless streak with a 1-0 win over fifth-placed Greenock Morton. Queen of the South now lie fifth in the league after 34 games played.
In his sixth appearance of the season, Jordan featured for 37 minutes as his Danish Second Division club HB Koge went down 3-0 to ninth-placed Nykobing. Koge are fifth on the table, six points off leaders Esbjerg after 27 games played.
The South African scored for a second week in a row, netting his second of the season in a six-goal thriller as Dinamo Bucuresti won 4-2 at Voluntari. The win leaves his side top of their eight-team relegation round mini league, seven points ahead of second-placed Botosani.
It’s now 12 straight league games in which Manyama has not featured, having last played on 23 December. Konyaspor drew 0-0 with Antalyaspor over the weekend, leaving them 16th on the log after 29 games played.
Mayambela made his first start of the season, playing the full 90 minutes for Swedish Second Division side Brage as they beat Oster 2-1 away from home, lifting them to second in the standings after two games played.
Mfeka made his second appearance of the season, and was substituted off after 63 minutes as USL club Reno 1868 went down 4-0 at home to Colorado Springs, leaving them 16th on the log after four games played.
Brentford stretched their unbeaten run to six games following their 1-1 draw at Fulham, with Mokotjo featuring for the last 12 minutes of the match. The result leaves them 10th on the log, still four points off promotion hopefuls Millwall in sixth with just three games left in the campaign.
Moloto bagged an assist in his fifth appearance of the campaign, yet the day ended in disappointment as USL side Nashville went down 2-1 to Indy Eleven. Nashville drop down three places to eighth on the log after five games played.
LEBO MOTHIBA/LEBOGANG PHIRI
Relegation-threatened LOSC Lille made it 10 games without a win following their 2-2 Ligue 1 draw with Guingamp, letting a 2-0 lead at 89 minutes slip through their grasp. Mothiba played the full 90 minutes, while compatriot Phiri was a 77th-minute substitute for Guingamp, as he bagged the assist for his side’s 93rd-minute leveller. Lille are 18th on the log, level on points with automatic relegation candidates Troyes, while Guingamp sit 11th after 33 games.
Ndlovu netted yet another goal for Hangzhou Greentown in the Chinese Second Division, his seventh in six games, as they beat Liaoning Kaixin 2-1 to jump up to fourth on the log, just one point behind the log leaders after six games played.
Ntlhe registered his 11th appearance of the season, coming on as a second-half substitute as Rochdale beat Peterborough 1-0. Despite the win, Rochdale still sit in the automatic relegation zone in 16th, a point away from safety with five games left in the season.
Pogon Szczecin recorded a well-earned 2-0 win over Nieciecza, with Nunes playing the full 90 minutes. The win leaves them third in their relegation round mini league, five points ahead of their opponents in the automatic relegation berth.
Vitesse gave their UEFA Europa League hopes a major boost as they downed 10-man Sparta Rotterdam 7-0, with Serero netting the opener – his first of the season – after just two minutes. The victory leaves Vitesse in sixth, with three games left in the season. Positions four to seven battle it out for next season’s Europa League berth.
Zungu made his 20th start of the season, as Amiens went down 3-0 to Olympique Lyon. The result leaves them 14th on the log after 33 games played, as they remain eight points above the relegation zone with five games left in the campaign.