Phiri shines in France

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It was a good weekend for Mzansi’s stars abroad with Mihlali Mayambela opening his scoring account in Portugal while Refiloe Jane’s AC Milan continued their chase for the title in Italy.

KATLEGO MASHIGO

The midfielder had an opportunity to face his former club Bohemians FC in Ireland. He was introduced after 61 minutes, but couldn’t help Waterford avoid a narrow 1-0 loss against the giants.

MIHLALI MAYAMBELA

Mayambela came off the bench and scored the third goal of the game as promotion-chasing Academica defeated Casa Pia 3-0 in the Portuguese Segunda Liga on Sunday afternoon.

This was the winger’s first goal of the campaign since arriving at the club on loan from SC Farense.

JERMAINE SEOPOSENWE

Seoposenwe played the whole 90 minutes for SC Braga as they lost 2-1 against SL Benfica in the Portuguese top-flight on Sunday.

The loss dented Braga’s title hopes as they remain fourth on the table with 18 points from nine games. They are now seven points behind log leaders Sporting Lisbon.

THABO CELE

Cele played 61 minutes for Cova da Piedade as they came from behind twice to salvage a 2-2 draw against Penafiel in the Portuguese second tier on Sunday afternoon.

LUTHER SINGH

It wasn’t a happy return to action for Luther Singh as his side Pacos Ferreira lost 2-0 against Boavista.

The Bafana Bafana international was introduced in the 63rd minute of the game for Ferreira who will look to make amends when they face SC Farense on Monday evening.

THIBANG PHETE

Phete made his return to action for SAD Belenenses as they defeated Maritimo 2-0 in the Portuguese Primeira Liga on Saturday evening.

The Stars of Africa product was introduced after 42 minutes as the Lisbon side moved up to 12th spot on the log with 30 points from 27 games.

LEBOGANG PHIRI

The midfield maestro put in another 90 minute shift for EA Guingamp as they moved further away from the relegation zone with a 1-0 win against Valenciennes in Ligue 2.

Phiri was voted as the Man of the Match after another impressive performance for the French side.

GIFT LINKS

Links was dropped to the bench and later introduced in the second half of the game as AGF Aarhus held Brondby to a 2-2 draw away from home in the Danish Superliga.

LIAM JORDAN

Jordan was introduced in the second half, but he couldn’t help Helsingor avoid a 2-0 loss against Frederecia in the Danish 1st Division.

SIYANDA XULU

Xulu lasted the entire 90 minutes for Hapoel Tel Aviv as they thumped Maccabi Netanya 1-0 in the Israel Premier League.

TIMOTI LIOR MUZIE

The teenager was introduced in the second half, but he couldn’t help Hapoel Kfar Saba avoid a 3-0 thumping at the hands of Hapoel Sakhnin in the Israel Premier League.

REFILOE JANE

The Banyana Banyana midfielder played 75 minutes for AC Milan as they thumped Napoli 4-0 in Italy’s Serie A on Sunday afternoon.

Milan remain six points behind log leaders Juventus in the league table.

TERCIOUS MALEPE

Malepe was introduced in the second half of the game as FC Mynai defeated Desna 3-1 in the Ukrainian Premier League on Saturday evening.

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