SA Players Abroad Wrap-up

Oostende's Andile Jali (C) celebrates after scoring during the Jupiler Pro League match between Lokeren and KV Oostende, in Lokeren, Sunday 07 February 2016, on the day 25th of the Belgian soccer championship. BELGA PHOTO YORICK JANSENS

Oostende's Andile Jali (C) celebrates after scoring during the Jupiler Pro League match between Lokeren and KV Oostende, in Lokeren, Sunday 07 February 2016, on the day 25th of the Belgian soccer championship. BELGA PHOTO YORICK JANSENS

Youngsters Luther Singh and Tiyiselani Shipalane were the top two peformers of the South African legion of footballers abroad this weekend. Both scored for their teams Goteborgs Atlet and Carolina Rail Hawks respectively.

Sixteen South Africans made their team line-ups in the various leagues in Europe and North America. Two were yellow-carded whilst six made the team but saw no action.

Friday (1 April 2016)

Ricardo Nunes (Pogoń Szczecin-Poland)
Former Bafana left-back Nunes played the full match as his club Pogoń Szczecin drew one-all with Górnik Zabrze in Poland’s Ekstraklasa. Nunes was making his 14th appearance of the season and received his second yellow-card of the current campaign in the 14th minute.

Saturday (2 April 2016)

Kamohelo Mokotjo (FC Twente-Holland)
The Bafana Bafana midfielder featured for his Dutch side FC Twente when they walloped Willem II by three goals to two in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Andile Jali (KV Oostende-Belgium)
Jali played the entire match when Oostende went down by a single goal against Clubbe Brugge at the Stadion Schiervelde. Former Kaizer Chiefs and Zimbabwe striker Knowledge Musona also played the full match for Oostende.

Darren Keet (Kortrijk-Belgium)
The Kortrijk and Bafana Bafana last line of defence was on the bench for the first time this season after making 30 starts for the Group A Play-Offs log leaders this season. The former Wits ‘keeper suffered from a stomach bug whilst on duty for his country in the recent Afcon qualifiers against Cameroon.

May Mahlangu (Sint Truiden-Belgium)
Mahlangu started on the right wing for Sint Truiden as they went down by a single strike against Mechelen. The speedy player made little impact and was replaced by Gaetan Hendrickx at half-time. Sint Truiden, coached by the South African duo of Chris O’loughlin (Coach) and Benni McCarthy (Assistant Coach) are yet to win in 5 matches.

Ayanda Patosi (Lokeren-Belgium)
The dimunitive Capetonian was substituted in the last minute of normal time as Lokeren romped home to a 1-0 win against Sporting Charleroi.

Thibang Phete (Vitória Guimarães-Portugal)
The Northen Cape-born youngster was an unused substitute as his club Vitória Guimarães drew one-all with Boavista in the Primeira Liga. The 21 year-old comes from the same Johannesburg-based development academy, Stars of Africa, as May Mahlangu (Sint Truiden – Belgium) and Tokelo Rantie (AFC Bournemouth – England).

Tiyi Shipalane (Carolina Rail Hawks-USA)
Shipilane opened the scoring for Carolina Rail Hawks when they beat Minnesota United 2-1 in North Carolina. The Hawks play in the North American Soccer League (NASL), the second tier of American football.

Kyle Jacobs (Queen of the South-Scotland)
Johannesburg-born Jacobs, one of the three professional football-playing Jacobs brothers, was an unused substitute when Queen of the South played to a two-all draw against Falkrik in the Scottish Championship.

Luther Singh and Pule Maraisane (Goteborgs Atlet-Sweden)
The 18 year-old Singh scored on his debut when Atlet marched on to a 2-0 win against Frej. Fellow South African Maraisane is still to make his debut but was on substitute bench for the first time this year.

Kagisho Dikgacoi (Cardiff City-Wales)
The midfield general popularly known as ‘KG’ saw little action as Cardiff City won 2-1 against visitors Derby County at the Millenium Stadium. Dikgacoi came on for winning goal-scorer Stuart O’Keefer in the 88th minute.

Steven Cann (Port Alfred Town-Wales)
Goalkeeper Cann and his Port Alfred Town were on the receiving end of a 0-7 thrashing by visitors Airbus UK in the Welsh Cup. The heavy loss came as a suprise as Port Alfred won four of their last six matches. Cann, who is eligible to play for Wales, South Africa and England, was yelow-carded in the 88th-minute.

Sunday (3 April 2016)

Mandla Masango (Randers-Sweden)
The former Kaizer Chiefs playmaker was on the winning side when Randers registered a 0-1 win away to Odense Boldklub in the Swedish Superliga.

Daylon Claasen (1860 Munchen-Germany)
The enterprising, Johannesburg-born midfielder saw no action when Munchen lost 3-1 against Karlruher in the second tier of German professional football.

Thulani Serero (Ajax Amsterdam-Holland)
Soweto’s young pride Serero was on the bench in a goaless encounter against Kamohelo Mokotjo’s former side FC Zwolle.

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