Players Abroad: Perfect start for Mothiba
Posted: 13 August 2018 Time: 11:00
A number of European leagues restarted over the weekend, with Lebo Mothiba continuing where he left off with an opening day strike to headline this week’s players abroad wrap.
THABO CELE/ THIBANG PHETE
Following his move from giants Benfica, Cele made his debut for Portuguese second-tier side Cova da Piedade in their first game of the season, lasting 69 minutes as they went down 1-0 to Vitoria Guimaraes B, where compatriot Phete played the full 90 minutes in his side’s victory.
Clifford came on as a second-half substitute in his second appearance of the season for Lithuanian club Stumbras as they beat fifth-placed Kauno Zalgiris 2-0 for their third win in succession across all tournaments to leave them third on the log after 20 games.
Dolly made the starting line-up in Montpellier’s first Ligue 1 match of the season, playing 79 minutes as his side squandered a 1-0 lead to concede in stoppage time as they went down 2-1 to Dijon.
Jacobs got his first taste of Scottish top-tier football, coming on as a second-half substitute as Livingston earned their first point in the Scottish Premier League, drawing 0-0 against Kilmarnock in their second game of the campaign.
Jacobs played the full 90 minutes in Queen of the South’s first home league game of the season, as they went down 2-1 to Dundee United to remain winless in their first two games of the new campaign.
Jordan made his third straight appearance for Danish side HB Koge, who made it three wins from three in their 3-0 win over Silkeborg to take an early four-point lead atop the Danish First Division standings.
THEMBI KGATLANA/ LINDA MOTHLALO/ JANINE VAN WYK
In the same manner as last week, Mothlalo played the full game, Kgatlana came on off the bench while Van Wyk was an unused substitute as she recovers from injury as the South African trio’s American club Houston Dash bounced back from last week’s defeat to beat Sky Blue 2-1 away from home, leaving them seventh on the log after 20 matches.
The South African midfielder has featured in all three league games for Romanian club Dinamo Bucuresti so far this season, as they lie 10th on the log with four points from their three games. They are in action again this evening as they take on ninth-placed Viitorul.
Mayambela made a near-perfect start at his new Portuguese Second Division club Farense, coming on as a second-half substitute before using his blistering pace down the left to square the ball for Nigerian teammate Christian Irobiso to score, helping his new club to a 1-0 victory in their first game of the season.
Following their 5-1 victory last season, Brentford had to come back from a goal down to earn a point in their 1-1 draw with former Premier League club Stoke City in their second Championship match of the season. For the second week in a row, Mokotjo came on as a second-half substitute.
Moloto bagged an assist in his 21st match of the season as USL side Nashville earned a much-needed 2-0 win over Ottawa Fury, a result which lifts them to sixth in the standings.
The talented South African forward continued where he left off last season, netting the first of Lille’s three goals in their Ligue 1 opener as they downed Rennes 3-1 to start off the new campaign in perfect fashion.
Ndlovu reached double figures in goals in just his 13th appearance in China, netting the second in Zhejian Greentown’s 3-1 win over Shanghai Shenxin to remain second in the Chinese Second Division standings after 18 games.
Ntlhe came on for the last 13 minutes in his first appearance of the season as Rochdale went down 4-1 to Peterborough United in their second League One clash of the campaign.
Pogon Szczecin earned their first point of the season, a 1-1 draw with Cracovia Krakow, yet still sit bottom of the Polish standings after four games. Nunes played the full 90 minutes for the fourth game in succession.
Guingamp started their Ligue 1 campaign with a 2-1 defeat to Saint-Etienne, with Phiri starting the match before being substituted off in the second half.
The South African’s Dutch club started their Eredivisie campaign in merciless fashion, beating Groningen 5-1 in a dominant display. Serero played the full 90 minutes.
Singh was not in the Braga squad in their league-opening 4-2 victory over Nacional.
Three days after becoming the first South African to score a goal in the UEFA Women's Champions League, Smeda bagged another for Lithuanian club Gintra Universitetas in their 7-0 drubbing of EBS/Skala of the Faroe Islands to now sit top of their Group 9 Champions League qualifying group.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns star, who does not qualify for an English work permit following his move to Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion, was seen training at Belgian Second Division side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise. He is yet to put pen to paper for an official loan move.
A knee injury kept the South African midfielder out of the Amiens squad in their first league game of the season, as they went down 2-0 to heavyweights Olympic Lyon.