Round-up: SA players abroad

SA Players Abroad

A host of South African stars were in action across the world this weekend, including a Premier League-ready Percy Tau and the in-form Lars Veldwijk.

Percy Tau (Brighton & Hove Albion, England)

Bafana Bafana striker Percy Tau (27) stepped up his preparations for the 2021/22 Premier League season with a 45-minute runout during Brighton's 0-0 friendly draw against Scottish champions Rangers n Saturday. The former Mamelodi Sundowns forward was unable to get his name on the scoresheet but will have gained invaluable match fitness ahead of the upcoming campaign.

Lars Veldwijk (Suwon FC, South Korea)

Veldwijk (29) climbed to the top of the K League 1 goalscoring charts for the season after scoring four goals and registering an assist during Suwon's 5-2 win over table-topping Ulsan. The Dutch-born South Africa international has now scored 13 goals in 20 league appearances which puts him two goals clear ahead of his nearest competitor in the division.

Thibang Phete & Sphephelo Sithole (Belenenses, Portugal)

It was a disappointing outing in Portugal for the South African duo of Phete (27) and Sithole (22) who suffered an early elimination from the Taca da Liga at the hands of second division side, Mafra. Both players started the match, with Sithole substituted in the second half, as Belenenses succumbed to a 1-0 defeat.

Ayanda Patosi (Foolad, Iran)

Patosi (28) played 79 minutes as Foolad recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over Sanat Naft Abadan in the Persian Gulf Pro League. The team, which currently occupies fifth place in the log standings, will bring the season to an end on Friday with an away trip to Padideh Khorasan.

Kamohelo Mokotjo (FC Cincinnati, USA)

Bafana Bafana midfielder Mokotjo (30) made his first appearance in 11 matches when he featured from the bench in FC Cincinnati's 3-0 defeat to Nashville on Sunday. The former Brentford star has struggled for game time in the Major League Soccer this season, where he has been limited to just four appearances for the campaign thus far.

Mihlali Mayambela (Farense, Portugal)

After spending the second half of last season on loan at Academica, Mayambela (24), who is the younger brother of former Orlando Pirates midfielder Mark Mayambela, has returned to parent-club Farense and featured as a substitute during the team's 2-1 Taca da Liga win over Chaves on Saturday evening.

Gift Links (Aarhus, Denmark)

Links (22) played the entire 90 minutes for Aarhus as the club played out a second consecutive draw in the Danish top-flight with a 0-0 stalemate against Nordsjaelland on Sunday. Elsewhere in the league, countryman Lorenzo Gordino was an unused substitute for Viborg during their 1-1 draw with Brondby.

Liam Jordan (Helsingor, Denmark)

In Denmark's second division, Jordan (22) was named in the starting XI as Helsingor opened their 2021/22 campaign with a 1-0 victory over Fremad Amager. The former Bidvest Wits youngster joined the club from fellow Danish side HB Koge midway through last season and netted four goals in 15 appearances for the team last term.

Elsewhere...

Darren Smith (25) and Yanga Baliso (24) were in action in Finland's top-flight for FC Honka and Mariehamm, respectively, while the quintet of Tashreeq Matthews, Ryan Moon, Luke Le Roux, Keanin Ayer and Dean Solomons could all feature in Sweden on Monday evening when Varberg take on IFK Goteborg in the Allsvenskan.

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