Happy return for Links and Leshabela

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There was an exciting return to action for SA players abroad on Monday. FARPost’s Prince Sobayeni provides the wrap up.

KHANYA LESHABELA

After months of no league action the English Football Federation working together with government agreed that football should return in the county at all levels from the English Premiership to amateur football.

SA midfielder Khanya Leshabela has spent the past three weeks being assessed in pre-season with Leicester City’s first team as he continues to push for a place in coach Brendan Rodgers’ team.

After featuring in all the senior team’s pre-season games the midfielder was back with the club’s U-23 squad and played the whole 90 minutes on Monday night as the young ‘Foxes’ started the season with a convincing 2-0 victory against Manchester United.

Coach Rodgers has hinted that some of the club’s U-23 players will be loaned out, but it remains to be seen whether Leshabela would spend the 2020-21 season out on loan or he’d be kept at King Power and given his first team opportunity by Rodgers this season.

GIFT LINKS

Since leaving Cape Town City in August 2019 to join Danish Suparliga side AGF Aarhus the winger has made a lot of progress playing a key role in his club’s best league finish (3rd) last season – their best finish in over 20 years.

Aarhus qualified for the 2020-21 UEFA Europa League qualifiers defeating FC Honka 5-2 in the first qualification round which meant they will now travel to Slovenia to take on NS Mura on the 17th of September in the second qualification round.

After a few good performances in the club’s preparation for the beginning of the 2020-21 season, Links earned himself a spot in coach David Nielsen’s first starting line up of the season on Monday night against Vejle BK in the Danish Suparliga.

The attacker made an instant impact assisting the second goal for Aarhus as they ran out 4-2 winners on the day and he was substituted in the 66th minute of the game.

For the past four games in all competitions Links has made it into the starting line up for last season’s Bronze medalists and with his good contributions in attack while helping to defend when the team doesn’t have the ball he might be starting more games this season.

TUMI MOSHOBANE

In America’s second division winger Moshobane came off the bench after 66 minutes as his club San Diego Loyal defeated Orange County 2-0 on Monday evening. The win takes the club up to second spot in Group B of the Championship with 19 points earned from 13 games – seven points behind top placed Phoenix Rising.

By Prince Sobayeni 

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