Bafana star opens account abroad

SA Players Abroad

Debuts, promotions, milestone appearances, red cards and awards – it was a busy weekend for South Africa's overseas-based players.

Luther Singh

Luther Singh opened his account for the 2020/21 Primeira Liga season with a Man of the Match performance on Friday when he netted the opening goal in Pacos de Ferreira's 2-0 win over Famalicao. The 23-year-old joined Pacos on loan from SC Braga at the start of the campaign, having previously enjoyed short-term spells with Moreirense and Chaves in Portugal's top flight.

Bongani Zungu

Bongani Zungu made his first start for Scottish giants Rangers during the club's comprehensive 4-0 League Cup win over Falkirk on Sunday. He has now featured twice this season, and could make his UEFA Europa League debut against Standard Liege later this week.

READ: Zungu makes first start for Rangers

Lars Veldwijk

Veldwijk's Suwon FC side secured promotion to South Korea's K League 1 on Sunday after a dramatic 1-1 draw with Gyeongnam FC. The Dutch-born South Africa international has scored five goals in 17 league appearances for Suwon after joining the club from Jeonbuk Motors in July.

Keagan Dolly

Dolly featured as a late second-half substitute for Montpellier as the Ligue 1 side recorded a narrow 1-0 win over Lorient. The former Mamelodi Sundowns star's side are now just two points behind league leaders Paris Saint-Germain after 12 matches played.

Scroll through the gallery below to see South Africa's 10 most valuable players currently playing abroad

Darren Smith

Smith, who recently signed for Finnish top-flight side FC Honka, walked away with the Best Player of the Season, Top Goalscorer of the Season and Best Striker of the Season accolades at the 2020 Ykkonen awards ceremony. The former SuperSport United striker netted 18 goals in 22 league appearances for Ekenas IF last season. 

READ: SA star wins hat-trick of awards

Cole Alexander

Former Bidvest Wits ace Cole Alexander made his debut for Odisha FC in the Indian Super League on Sunday. The 31-year-old played the full match as Stuart Baxter's side played out a 2-2 draw with Jamshedpur.

Rowan Human

Highly-rated midfielder Human continued his strong start to the season with Israeli second division side Beitar Tel Aviv Bat Yam when he scored in the club's 3-0 win over Sektzia Nes Tziona on Friday. The 19-year-old has now scored twice in six appearances since joining the club on loan from Maccabi Tel Aviv at the start of the campaign. 

Keanin Ayer & Tashreeq Matthews

Ayer scored his first goal of the season as Varberg claimed a thrilling 3-2 win over league leaders Malmo on Sunday. Tashreeq Matthews also featured in the match and registered an assist for Junes Barny's second-half goal. 

Percy Tau

Tau missed out on Anderlecht's 0-0 Jupiler Pro League draw with "Big Three" rivals Standard Liege on Sunday after being ruled out of the match due to injury.

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Kgotso Masangane

Masangane made his 50th league appearance for Latvian side FK Metta but was unable to help his side avoid the relegation play-offs. The 22-year-old was named Metta's Player of the Season in 2019, but was unable to replicate his form this time around, netting just once in 21 appearances for the campaign.

Thabo Cele

Cele made his 50th league appearance for Cova Piedade in Portugal's second division on Saturday, but marked the occasion with a red card after being sent off for a second bookable offence in his side's 0-0 draw with Feirense. 

Boipelo Mashigo

Promising teen star Mashigo, 17, made his second league appearance of the season on Saturday as German 3. Liga side Unterhaching claimed a 2-1 win over Wehen Wiesbaden.

Other players in action this past weekend include:

Hendrick Ekstein (Sabail, Azerbaijan), Kurt Abrahams (Westerlo, Belgium), Gift Links (AGF, Denmark), Siyanda Xulu (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel), Ethan Chislett (AFC Wimbledon, England), Thibang Phete & Sphephelo Sithole (Belenenses, Portugal), and Tercious Malepe (Minai, Ukraine).

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