SA Players Abroad wrap: Dino Ndlovu returns to action
Posted: 6 August 2018 Time: 10:31
It was a welcome return to action for Dino Ndlovu, while a number of players began their new season with mixed results in this week’s wrap of South Africans playing abroad.
The 22-year-old midfielder made his first appearance of the season as Lithuanian club Stumbras returned to action following their mid-season break with a 3-1 victory over botom-placed Jonava, with Clifford featuring for the last 10 minutes. Stumbras sit third on the log after 19 games.
Erasmus was absent for the second match in a row as Swedish second-tier club AFC Eskilstuna ended their four-game winless run with a 2-1 victory over Halmstad, leapfrogging their rivals into third place on the log after 17 games.
Jacobs was an unused substitute in Livingston’s baptism of fire in the Scottish Premier League, as the newly-promoted side faced giants Celtic in their first game of the season, going down 3-1.
Jacobs played the full 90 minutes in Queen of the South’s Championship opener against Greenock Morton, as his side began the season with a 2-2 draw away from home.
THEMBI KGATLANA/ LINDA MOTHLALO/ JANINE VAN WYK
Houston Dash’s inconsistent form continued following their 2-1 loss to Utah Royals on Sunday, with their results over the last seven games reading L-W-L-W-L-W-L. Van Wyk missed the clash due to an ankle injury as Mothlalo played the full 90 minutes for the 15th time this season, while Kgatlana came on off the bench, the 11th time she has done so this campaign. Dash now sits seventh on the log after 19 games.
Jordan registered his second appearance of the new season as BH Koge made it two wins from two, beating Danish rivals Viborg to top the standings in the early stages of the season.
The Championship season got underway with Mokotjo’s Brentford getting off to a flyer, smashing Rotherham United 5-1 in their league opener. The South African came off the bench for the last 10 minutes of the game.
Moloto came on for the last 15 minutes in his 20th appearance of the season as USL club Nashville played out a 1-1 draw with Cincinnati, leaving them seventh on the log after 21 games.
Ndlovu made his 12th appearance of the season - having missed his side’s last five games - playing the entire match as Zhejian Greentown beat Dalian Transcendence 3-1 to now sit second in the Chinese second-tier after 17 games, seven points behind leaders Wuhan Zall.
Ntlhe did not make it off the bench for Rochdale’s League One season opener, as they beat Burton Albion 2-1 away from home.
A 3-0 defeat to Zaglebie Sosnowiec means Nunes’ Polish side Pogon Szczecin have started the new season with three successive defeats, with the South African playing the full 90 minutes in all three encounters.
Shipalane came on for the last 20 minutes for USL side North Carolina, who made it five matches unbeaten following their 1-1 draw with Charleston Battery to leave them 11th on the log after 21 games.