Ngcongca, Somma lead overseas pack


The Bafana Bafana right-back played the full 90 minutes as Genk opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the table as they seek their first Championship since the 2001/02 campaign.

There was no Steven Pienaar for Everton as they defeated Liverpool 2-0 in the Merseyside Derby as he continues to struggle with the groin problem that kept him out of Bafana Bafana's 0-0 draw with Sierra Leone last weekend.

And there was no action for West Ham's Benni McCarthy and Fulham's Kagiso Dikgacoi as they were on the bench, and out of the match squad altogether, respectively.

Calvin Kadi was replaced at half-time as his Portimonense side cruised to a 2-0 home win over Cinfães in the Portuguese Cup.

Meanwhile on Saturday, South African striker Davide Somma scored his seventh goal of the season for English Championship Leeds United in just his fifth start as The Whites defeated Middlesbrough 2-1.

Somma has been a revelation for Leeds this season and emerged as an unlikely replacement for the side's former top striker Jermain Beckford, who left for Everton at the end of the last campaign.

Staying in England, Bafana Bafana skipper Aaron Mokoena captained Portsmouth to a 3-2 home win over Watford as their good recent run continues.

Danleigh Borman scored his first goal of the MLS campaign for the New York Red Bulls, but couldn't stop his side losing 2-1 at Philadelphia Union. The New York Bulls are still odds on to reach the post-season play-offs though.

All three South Africans at Lierse – Lance Davids, Siboniso Gaxa and Daylon Claasen – started as the side picked up a valuable away point at Germinal Beerschot in the Belgian League.

It was a terrible start to the season for the newly-promoted club, but they have lost just one in their last four and have now moved out of the relegation zone. Elrio van Heerden was also a starter for Westerlo as they drew 1-1 at home to Mechelen.

Patrick Phungwayo started for Panionios against Ergotelis in the Greek League, but his side lost 1-0 at home, while Bevan Fransman will be celebrating after his Hapoel Tel Aviv side beat arch-rivals Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Israeli League.

Kamohelo Mokotjo started for Feyenoord against FC Twente, but his side lost 1-0 to compound their woes this season. Bernard Parker was an unused substitute for Twente.

Finally, Bradley Ralani's Landskrona missed out on promotion to the Swedish top-flight after they lost 1-0 at home to Hammarby. A niggling injury kept Ralani out of the squad on the day.