Great weekend for Khumalo, May, Rantie

SA National Teams

Khumalo was axed from the national side after the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and has not been seen since, despite a spate of injuries that has threatened to derail South Africa’s chances of reaching the World Cup.

Khumalo helped PAOK come from behind for a 2-1 win at PAS Giannina that saw them finish top of the four-team playoff pool and win their place in Europe’s elite competition.

It seems unlikely he will be with the team next season as his loan spell comes to an end and he returns to Tottenham Hotspur and begins the hunt for a new team.

The 26-year-old has his critics, but he has enjoyed a solid season with one of the top teams in Greece.

Tokelo Rantie and May Mahlangu came through their weekend matches in Sweden without injury.

Rantie played 81 minutes for Malmo in their 3-1 Swedish League victory over Brommapojkarna on Saturday; a welcome return to form for them.

Given Katlego Mashego’s erratic performance against Lesotho on Sunday, Rantie is a good bet to start for Bafana against Central African Republic next weekend.

Mahlangu was in impressive form again for Helsingborg as they beat Åtvidaberg 3-0 to maintain their lead at the top of the table.

In the Second Division, Bradley Ralani played for Landskrona as they won 4-1 at home to Brage, while Ayanda Nkili was in action for leaders Orebro as they beat Östersund 2-0.

South African-born Lukas Schenkel finished his season in the Swiss second tier with a 4-3 loss for his Bellinzona side at Lugano. The result was academic, with it already confirmed they would finish second in the division and miss out on promotion.

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