SA duo outstanding in Finland

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FARPost‘s Prince Sobayeni looks back at the weekend by reporting on how SA players performed abraod.

GEORGE LEBESE

Former Kaizer Chiefs winger George Lebese started and played 82 minutes for United States second division side Switchbacks FC as they played out to a thrilling 3-3 draw against Real Monarchs in the league on Saturday

TOM BARKHUIZEN

The Bafana Bafana hopeful was introduced in the 78th minute for Preston North End as they cruised past Birmingham City with 2-0 victory on Saturday afternoon in the English Championship.

Unfortunately, with Cardiff City also winning on Saturday it meant the result wasn’t good enough for them to secure a promotion playoff spot as they are 5 points behind Cardiff with one game left to play.

AYA KONQOBE & DAREN SMITH

The SA duo continued to take the Finnish second division by storm after putting in another outstanding performance. Smith scored twice while Konqobe also got on the scoresheet for Ekenas as they smashed 5 past Jaro FC to win 5-1 in the Finnish league. Konqobe has now scored four goals in the league while Smith has three league goals after four games so far this season.

KEANIN AYER & TASHREEQ MATTHEWS

Both Ayer and Matthews started and played the whole game as Swedish top tier side Varbergs Bois drew 2-2 against AIK in the league. Ayer layed an assist for Varberg’s first goal in the game and won the Man of the Match award.

BANTU MZWAKALI

Mzwakali was a 57th minute substitute for IK Brage as they earned a hard fought 3-2 victory over Örgryte in the Swedish Superettan on Sunday afternoon.

THIBANG PHETE

The defender played another solid 90 minutes for Belenenses as they snatched a last minute winner to win 1-0 against Gil Vicente in the Portuguese top flight on Sunday night. Sphephelo Sithole was an unused substitute.

The win means Belenenses are almost safe from relegation needing a draw from their remaining game against struggling Vitoria Setubal.

GIFT LINKS

The SA U23 international was a late substitute for AGF Aarhus as they proved their quality with a 4-2 win against reigning champions Copenhagen in the Danish Superliga.

The win sees Aarhus leapfrog Copenhagen into 2nd spot on the log and are now in pole position for a spot in the Champions League qualifiers for next season.

By Prince Sobayeni

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