Tough start to 2018 for Mokotjo

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Unbeaten in their last four games, and having won their last three, Brentford had built up some steam as they prepared to face league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, yet were undone by their more-fancied opponents, losing 3-0 at the Molineux Stadium.

South Africa’s Mokotjo earned his 13th start of the season for his side, lasting the full 90 minutes, with the loss leaving Brentford in 11th spot on the Championship table. They next face Notts County in a FA Cup clash on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the UK, Kgosietsile Ntlhe has been notching up the minutes for League One side Rochdale, who started the new year as they finished 2017, continuing their six-match winless run after going down 2-1 to Blackpool. It was a 14th league start for Ntlhe, and a third in a row for the South African defender. Rochdale are now 23rd in the league after 25 games played, five points above last-placed Bury.

In Egypt, after having featured for 57 minutes in his seventh league appearance in a 3-0 win over Petrojet on Friday, Phakamani Mahlambi was not in the squad as Al Ahly trounced El Nasr 4-0, taking their unbeaten league streak to five matches. The victory leaves the Red Devils just one point behind log leaders Ismaily with a game in hand, but they next face a tough challenge away at 2016 CAF Champions League finalists Zamalek.