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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