Players Abroad: Mothiba, Phiri make SA proud

Lebo Mothiba & Lebo Phiri

The South African pair met on Saturday evening in the Coupe de la Ligue final at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille with a UEFA Europa League qualification on the line.

Guingamp midfielder Phiri played the full 120 minutes in the gruelling spectacle that ended in a stalemate.

While Mothiba lasted 80 minutes before being substituted after relentless pressing throughout his time on the pitch.

Le Racing ended up victorious with a 4-1 scoreline after the penalty shoot-out.

Kurt Abrahams

Abrahams played the full 90 minutes in Sunday’s 1-1 home draw with Beerschot-Wilrijk in their first Europa League Group A play-off clash.

Keanin Ayer

Ayer, 18, started at right-wing-back for Varberg BoIs in their 2019 Suprettan opener against Mjallby, the South African lasted the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 away win and was lauded for his defensive work throughout the encounter.

Thabo Cele

Played in Sunday’s 3-1 away loss to Famalicão, registering his 18th start of the season for Portuguese second-tier side Cova da Piedade since his off-season move from Benfica B.

Lyle Foster

Played in Saturday’s 2-0 away loss to Marseille B and received a yellow card, Foster remains on three goals in seven appearances since his arrival from Orlando Pirates in January.

Keaghan Jacobs

Jacobs made his 23rd start of the season in Friday’s 2-1 home loss to Hibernian.

Kobamelo Kodisang 

The Amajita starlet made his 19th start for Sanjoanense in Sunday’s 2-1 away win over FC Cesarense. The on-loan Bidvest Wits midfielder has scored five goals this season.

Mihlali Mayambela

Came off after 78 minutes of Sunday’s 1-0 home win over Sporting Covilhã. 23 starts, four sub appearances, four goals. Team Position: 12/18

Kamohelo Mokotjo

Mokotjo made his 32nd appearance for Brentford this season in their 0-0 draw against Wigan Athletic, the result leaves the Bees in 13th place in the SkyBet Championship.

Dino Ndlovu 

Scored in Sunday’s 1-0 home win over Shijiazhuang Yongchang, Ndlovu has now scored three goals in four starts within the new Chinese League One season.

Kgosi Ntlhe

Grabbed an assist in Saturday’s 1-1 away draw with Gillingham as he continues his recent rich vein of form in a bid to save The Dale's League One status.

Ayanda Patosi '

The Bafana Bafana playmaker made his eighth start for Esteghlal in Saturday’s 1-0 away loss to league leaders Persepolis, leaving them in fourth place in the 16-time division.

Thibang Phete 

'Cafu' featured in the full 90 minutes in Sunday’s 0-0 away draw with Oliveirense. The 24-year-old has now made 24 starts for Vitória Guimarães B this season.

Thulani Serero

Serero made his 31st appearance of the season with another consistent midfield performance for Vitesse in a 3-3 away draw with ADO Den Haag in the Eredivisie.

Kabelo Seriba

The Amajita right-back played in Metta's 2-0 away loss to Ventspils on Sunday, which was his third consecutive start to the new Virslīga campaign.

Luther Singh '

Singh came on for the final half-hour of Saturday’s 3-1 home loss to Liga Nos giants Sporting Lisbon, the defeat leaves Chaves one point off the drop zone with seven games remaining.

Percy Tau

Tay played the full 90 minutes as Royale Union St Gilloise eased to a 3-1 home win over top-flight side Cercle Brugge in their opening UEFA Europa League Group B play-off clash.

Joel Untersee

Untersee made his fourth start in the Swiss Super League in a 1-0 away loss to FC Sion, the on-loan wing-back who joined from Serie A side Empoli in January recently recovered from a lumbar vertebra fracture and will now be aiming to regain his form ahead of a possible Bafana Bafana call-up.

Lars Veldwijk 

Veldwijk netted his 18th Eerste Divisie goal of the season in a 5-1 thumping over Jong Utrecht to keep Sparta Rotterdam in second place behind leaders FC Twente.

Bongani Zungu

The 26-year-old returned to the Amiens Ligue 1 matchday squad for the first time since November 2018 after recovering from a long-term knee injury.

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