It was a weekend of mixed emotions for South African footballers all over Europe as they had contrasting results in their respective leagues.
Bafana midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo came on after 63 minutes in a very tactical game as Brentford lost 1-0 against Nottingham Forest in the English Championship to slip to 16th position on the log in what has been a shaky campaign for ‘The Bees’ so far.
Tom barkhuizen scored a goal and assisted one more as Preston North End ran to a convincing 5-1 victory over Barnsley, also in the Championship on Sunday afternoon.
Siyabonga Ligendza featured for 75 minutes for Cardiff City’s U18 side as they went on to lose 2-1 to Charlton Athletic U18.
Bongani Zungu has been in and out of the team at Amiens and this weekend the midfielder came off the bench in the 83rd minute as his side clinched a huge 3-1 victory against giants Marseille to make their intentions for the season known.
Lebo Mothiba, meanwhile, was a 55th minute substitute for Strasbourg as they narrowly lost 1-0 against DFC Dijon in Ligue 1.
In what was surely the moment of the weekend in Ligue 2, Lebogang Phiri (pictured celebrating with teammates) wore the captain’s armband as EA Guingamp thrashed Rodez Averyon 4-1 to continue their gradual climb up the log and sit 7th now.
The bad news for Bafana, who are playing Mali this week, is that Percy Tau limped off with an after just 39 minutes into the game after playing a big part in Club Brugge’s second goal which was scored by Diatta as Brugge went on to dispatch Gent 4-0 on the day to continue their dominance in the Jupiler league. It’s not clear at this stage of Tau would be available for Bafana’s match.
Bradley Cross played the entire 90 minutes as Schalke U19 dispatched Ingolsdt 3-0 in the U19 DFB Pokals to progress to the quarter final of the competition.
Both Kabelo Seriba and Kgotso Masangane played the full 90 minutes as FC Metta lost against Liepaja in the league, the positive for Kgotso though is that he scored yet another goal taking his tally to six for the season.
Sphephelo Sithole played 90 minutes as Belenenses’ U23s lost 1-0 to Maritimo. He has recently been promoted to the first team of the club too so he is waiting for his opportunity.
Edmon Khumalo featured for the whole 90 minutes for Sanjoanense as the won away at Amarante in the third division. Khumalo has now cemented his place in the starting XI since making his switch from Bidvest Wits.
Keanin Ayer netted his second goal and perhaps most important goal for Varbergs Bois as they clinched an all important 4-0 victory against struggling Vasteras in the second division to go back to the top of the table with just three games remaining.
Liam Jordan had a game to forget for HB Koge as he was sent off in added time as HB Koge suffered a shock 2-0 loss against Sikeberg.
By Prince Sobayeni
FARPost International Reporter.