Four of Bafana Bafana’s overseas-based stars have linked up with their teammates after undergoing quarantine.
Portugal-based trio Thibang Phete, Lyle Foster and Luther Singh have missed two crucial league games for SAD Belenenses and Pacos Ferreira respectively. Both players have established themselves as regulars in their clubs, but they were forced to miss action for the past two weeks.
This was due to a forced self-quarantine process which all persons who travel to the Red-list travel ban countries must undergo upon their return to Portugal.
In their first game, Belenenses lost 2-0 against Boavista before managing a 1-1 draw against SC Braga on Sunday.
On the other hand, Ferreira lost both of their games in the absence of Singh. They lost 2-0 against Famalicao before being thrashed 5-0 by SL Benfica last weekend.
Foster has linked up with Vitoria Guimaraes’ reserve side where he is boosting his minutes and getting regular game time.
The return of the players will be a big boost for their clubs as they push for a positive finish to the 2020/21 season.
Singh has played 23 Primeira Liga games scoring five goals and assisting another five in the process. Before missing the two games, the 23-year-old had missed just one game for Ferreira this season.
Phete has played 19 league games and scored one goal for Belenenses. Due to his versatility, the Stars of Africa graduate has been used as a central defender and a central defensive midfielder by coach Armando Teixeira.
On Monday afternoon, Brighton and Hove Albion attacker Percy Tau also returned to full training with the English Premier League side. The former Mamelodi Sundowns star was forced to undergo a 10 day quarantine after returning from international duty.
Since returning from his loan at Anderlecht, Tau has struggled to get some regular game time under his belt, but coach Graham Potter has explained that they are still trying to get a suitable role for the 26-year-old.
South Africa drew 1-1 against Ghana at FNB Stadium before losing 2-0 against Sudan away from home. The away loss denied the 1996 champions a spot in next year’s tournament scheduled to take place in Cameroon.
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