Done deals for 13 SA players abroad

SA Players Abroad

South Africa superstars Percy Tau and Thembi Kgatlana headline the list of confirmed transfers abroad, with more than a dozen players having signed new deals in Europe.

Tau's move to Anderlecht has undoubtedly been the biggest talking point of the transfer window thus far. The 26-year-old, who won the Jupiler Pro League title with Club Brugge last season, joined the Belgian giants on loan at the start of the month and has already hit the ground running.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns star sent social media abuzz when he scored a wonder-goal in a training match soon after his arrival, before marking his debut in similar style over the weekend with a superbly taken effort during a 3-1 win over Sint-Truiden.

Scroll through the gallery above for images of a selection of South African footballers who have made moves abroad 

His move came less than a month after Banyana Banyana star Thembi Kgatlana grabbed headlines by trading Portuguese giants Benfica for a one-year deal at Spanish top-flight side Eibar. The 2018 African Women's Footballer of the Year has now spent four years abroad, having previously enjoyed spells in China and the US.

While Kgatlana elected to leave Portugal, a host of South Africa's stars have made the country a destination of choice for the 2020/21 campaign. Among them is Bafana Bafana hopeful Thibang Phete, who signed a permanent deal with Belenenses after impressing on loan at the club last season. 

More recently, former Orlando Pirates forward Lyle Foster completed a permanent move from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco to Vitoria Guimaraes, which is the former home of Bongani Zungu, Haashim Domingo and Phete.

The 19-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Cercle Brugge, joined the Portuguese outfit for a transfer fee of €1.2 million (R24.7 million), which could rise to €1.5 million (R30.9 million) upon certain additional clauses being met. 

There was also a lot of activity at SC Braga, where Banyana Banyana star Jermaine Seoposenwe was signed at the start of July, while Amajita star Luther Singh departed the club on a season-long loan to join fellow Primeira Liga side Pacos de Ferreira.

Banyana legend Janine van Wyk, who boasts more than 150 international caps to her name, completed a much-publicised transfer to Scottish champions Glasgow City, with whom she will compete in the UEFA Women's Champions League next season. 

Elsewhere, Bafana Bafana striker Lars Veldwijk signed for South Korean K League 2 side Suwon, Spanish lower-league side Almunecar signed Zaid Patel, Kwinda Netshitangani, Waylan Rooi and Bradley Jason, and little-known South African-born midfielder Ethan Chislett joined League One side AFC Wimbledon.

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