SA Players Abroad wrap: Jacobs the hero in Scotland, Serero helps secure European berth
Posted: 21 May 2018 Time: 10:00
Keaghan Jacobs was the hero for Livingston over the weekend as they secured top-flight football for next season, while Thulani Serero helped Vitesse earn a spot in Europe.
In the last game of the season, Dolly played the full 90 minutes for just the second time this campaign as Montpellier played out a 1-1 draw with Rennes to end the season 10th in Ligue 1, five places higher than last season.
Erasmus earned his second start of the campaign for AFC Eskilstuna, playing 80 minutes in their 1-0 victory over GAIS to stretch their unbeaten run to six games in the Swedish Second Division as they jumped up to second in the standings.
The South African proved the hero for his side in their second-leg play-off final against top-flight club Partick Thistle, netting the only goal of the game as Livingston – who ended as runners up in the Championship – secured a 3-1 aggregate victory over the top-flight’s bottom-placed side to secure a second promotion in successive years and book their spot in the Scottish Premiership next season.
Mahlangu played the full 90 minutes as Dinamo Bucureşti beat Concordia Chiajna 4-0 to remain top of the relegation round mini play-off league, 14 points ahead of Botosani with two games left to play.
Mayambela made his sixth start of the season, but was substituted off in the first half for a second week in a row as IK Brage drew 2-2 with Degerfors, stretching their unbeaten run to five games as they dropped to sixth in the Swedish Second Division after eight games.
Mfeka earned his sixth start of the campaign as USL side Reno 1868 drew 1-1 with Seattle Sounders II, as they remain 10th on the log after 11 games.
Mothiba earned his 14th start since returning to Lille in January, featuring for the full 90 minutes in their last game of the season as they were humbled 5-0 at St Etienne. Lille end the season in 17th, just a point above the relegation play-off zone and five places lower down the table than last year.
Phiri came on for the last 17 minutes as Guingamp ended the Ligue 1 season with a 2-1 loss at Toulouse, as they ended the season in 12th, two places worse off than last season.
Serero played the full 90 minutes in his side’s last game of the season, a 2-1 win over Utrecht as they secured a 5-3 aggregate victory, earning themselves a Europa League play-off spot next season.
Amiens ended their season with a disappointing 2-1 loss to Olympique Marseille, with Zungu completing his 26th match of the campaign as his club ended 13th in the league, an impressive finish following their promotion form the second division last season.