SA ABROAD: Mayambela off the mark in Israel


Lebogang Phiri enjoyed a derby win in France while Mihlali Mayambela scored his first goal in Israel, as we wrap up South African players abroad this past weekend in action.


Phiri produced another match performance in the midfield for EA Guingamp as they beat log leaders FC Lorient 2-1 in what was a derby in Ligue 2 on Saturday with the Bafana Bafana international playing the full 90 minutes. Phiri was captain on the day.


Mothiba made his long-awaited return from injury coming on as a second half substitute for RC Strasbourg in their 3-0 win over Stade Reims in Ligue 1 to move up the log standings to 6th place as they push for European football spot.


Mihlali Mayambela got off the mark for Bnei Yehuda in the Israeli Premier League as he scored the only goal for them in a 1-0 win over Ashdod. Mayambela has started all the past three games for Yehuda and he will be delighted to finally be off the mark.


Tom Barkhuizen was the main man again for Preston North End as they beat Wigan Athletic 2-1 in a league game and the Bafana Bafana hopeful scored a goal and assisted the other to take ensure his side move into the top 6 in the 24-team championship log.

Tom Barkhuizen in action for Preston North End. 


The SA international midfielder came on for the last 14 minutes in Ligue 1 as Amiens lost the game in additional time to an Islam Slimani winner which helped AS Monaco run out as 2-1 victors.


Cercle Brugge finally broke their losing streak when they beat KV Mechelen 3-2 in a dramatic thriller which was won in additional time with South African youth international striker Lyle Foster came on in the 77th minute of that encounter in the Belgian Jupiler league.


Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Darren Keet seems to have cemented his place in the starting XI for Leuven and this weekend he kept a clean sheet as they thumped Lommel 3-0 to stay top of the Proximus league.


Midfielder Khanya Leshabela came on in the second half for Leicester City’s U21s as they lost 1-0 against Newport in England on Friday night. Leshabela has been playing for both the U21s and the U23s respectively.


Thabo Cele featured for 90 minutes for Cova Di Piedade as they drew 2-2 with Penafiel in the Portiguse second division on Saturday afternoon. Cele seemingly has once again salified his place in the starting XI after having played all the past 5 games for the entire 90 minutes with his team doing very well in that period.


Banyana Banyana midfielder Refiloe Jane played the whole game in the Italian Cup but couldn’t help AC Milan avoid a 2-1 first leg loss to Fiorentina.

AC Milan midfielder Refiloe Jane.


In the second round of the Turkish first Women’s Football League, South African duo of Letago Madiba and Rachel Sebati were in action for ALG Spor as they beat Amed Spor 2-0 at home.


Thulani Serero featured for 90 minutes for AL Jazira as they won 1-0 against Al Ahli in a dramatic game which saw two red cards and over 5 yellow cards in the Arabian Gulf league.


South African attacking midfielder scored his first goal for Sabail as they won 1-0 against Kelsa in the Azerbaijan Premier League to move up to 7th on the log.


SA youth international centre back Bradley Cross featured for 90 minutes for Schalke 04 U19s as they claimed a 2-0 victory against Koln in the German U19 league.

By Prince Sobayeni

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