Mokotjo edges closer to EPL dream

SA Players Abroad

Bafana Bafana star Kamohelo Mokotjo returned to the pitch for the first time in six months as Brentford moved one step closer to Premier League promotion, while two of South Africa's rising stars found the back of the net this weekend.

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Kamohelo Mokotjo

Just days after signing a short-term contract extension with Brentford, Mokotjo made his first appearance in six months when he featured as a substitute in the club's 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Friday. The Bees are now third in the EFL Championship standings and are just five points behind Albion in the race for automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Mihlali Mayambela

Mokotjo wasn't the only player making a comeback from injury over the weekend, with Israel-based Mayambela marking his return with a 93rd minute assist for Roy Ben Shimon in Bnei Yehuda's 2-0 win over Ironi Kiryat Shmona.

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Ayabulela Konqobe & Darren Smith

The South African duo of Konqobe and Smith found themselves on the scoresheet within a minute of each other for Ekenas as the Finnish side kicked their league campaign off with a resounding 3-0 win over SJK Seinajoki on Saturday.

Thibang Phete

In Portugal's top flight, "Cafu" featured for the full 90 minutes but was unable to prevent Belenenses from suffering a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Sporting Lisbon. The result was Belenenses' second defeat on the trot and leaves the club just six points above the relegation zone.

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Tom Barkhuizen

Barkhuizen's hopes of playing the Premier League next season were dealt a blow after Preston North End suffered a 3-1 defeat to promotion rivals Cardiff City. The 26-year-old featured as a second-half substitute but was unable to change the course of the game for Preston, who are now seventh in the Championship standings.

Gift Links

It was also a disappointing weekend for Denmark-based Links, who featured from the bench in AGF Aarhus' 4-1 defeat to Aalborg a result that effectively ended the club's slim hopes of claiming the Superliga title.

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Lars Veldwijk

Bafana Bafana striker Veldwijk was named on the bench once again for reigning K League 1 champions Jeonbuk Motors, but took to the field as a late substitute in the club's 2-0 win over 10-man Ulsan on Sunday.

Liam Jordan

On Saturday, Amajita starlet Liam Jordan featured for 82 minutes in Denmark's second division but could not help HB Koge from losing 2-0 to title-chasing Viborg.

Kgotso Masangane

For the third week in a row, 22-year-old striker Masangane started and played the full 90 minutes for Latvian side Metta/LU in their 1-0 win over Jelgava.

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