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Players Abroad

Three South Africans were on the field, all of them starting, as Cele’s 11th-placed Benfica II took on bottom-placed Vitoria Guimaraes II, where Phete and Domingo ply their trade. Hosts Guimaraes emerged narrow 1-0 victors, lifting them off the bottom to 19th place on the Portuguese Second Division standings after 17 matches played.

Despite featuring in their cup victory midweek, Dolly was again not included in the Montpellier squad for their league encounter at home to Metz, which they lost 3-1. The loss leaves them 11th in Ligue 1 after 18 matches played.

A no-show once again for Erasmus, as Stade Rennes were humbled 4-1 by league leaders PSG as they dropped to seventh in the French top-flight standings.

After featuring in Oostende’s cup loss midweek, Jali was an unused substitute on the bench as he watched his side succumb to their third consecutive defeat, this time a 1-0 loss to Royal Excel Mouscron in the league. Oostende are now 13th in the Belgian top-flight after 19 games.

Mahlambi made his sixth appearance – his fourth in a row – for Al Ahly on Friday evening, coming off the bench for the last 10 minutes as the Red Devils were held to a 1-1 draw at 14th-placed Tanta. The two dropped points means Al Ahly are now still four points behind leaders Ismaily, with two games in hand.

Mahlangu, who has 16 league appearances to his name, will hope to add to that total this evening as seventh-placed Dinamo Bucuresti take on ninth-placed ACS Poli Timisoara, who are eight points behind in the Romanian top-flight.

After helping his side progress in the Turkish Cup midweek, Manyama will be hoping for his seventh league appearance of the season when 14th-placed Konyaspor face off against seventh-placed Gozteppe on Monday night.

Mokotjo was an unused substitute as Brentford were held to a goalless draw at home to Barnsley, leaving them 13th in the Championship standings after 22 games.

Mothiba was substituted off at half time as Valenciennes were thrashed 5-1 by Ligue II leaders Reims, as they remain 12th on the log after 19 games.

Ndlovu was not in the squad as Qarabag lost 2-0 in their cup quarter-final second leg encounter against Sumqayit. Having won the first leg 2-1, Qarabag lost 3-2 on aggregate to be dumped out of the tournament in the last eight. Their next fixture will only be in February when the league resumes, as they take on second-placed Qabala, who are six points behind them in the standings.

Ntlhe was an unused substitute as Rochdale drew 0-0 at home to Oxford United, leaving them 21st on the League One table with 21 points after 21 games played.

After picking up a yellow card in their midweek win over Lechia Gdansk, Nunes was missing from the Pogon Szczecin squad as they beat Arka Gdynia 1-0, recording back-to-back wins for the first time since June, and just their fourth win of the season. Szczecin are still however bottom of the Polish standings, two points behind 15th-placed Cracovia Krakow, who also have a game in hand.

Phiri came on for the last 15 minutes as Guingamp drew 0-0 away at 10th-placed Caen, leaving them 12th on the Ligue 1 standings after 18 games.

Still no sign of Rantie in the Genclerbirligi squad as they drew 0-0 with 11th-placed Kasimpasa over the weekend, leaving them 17th on the log with 13 points after 16 games. The South African hasn’t played a league match for his club since October, as his future in Turkey remains in doubt.

Serero was an unused substitute as Vitesse drew 1-1 at FC Twente, leaving them seventh in the Eredivisie after 16 matches played.

Singh made his 15th appearance for Sporting Braga II this season, playing the full 90 minutes in his side’s 2-1 loss to FC Porto II. The loss sees the club drop two places to 18th in the Portuguese Second Division, just six points above bottom-placed Real.

Veldwijk, who came off the bench to score a penalty in a 3-3 draw with PSV midweek, played the full 90 minutes in his 13th league appearance of the season as Groningen went down 2-0 at Excelsior, as they dropped to 13th in the Eredivisie table after 17 games. 

Zungu made his 11th league start for Amiens as they lost 1-0 to Troyes, who joined their rivals on 21 points in Ligue 1 to sit joint 13th on the log.