SA stars to return as Leagues resume in Europe

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With several countries in Europe announcing that their domestic leagues will be resuming at the end of this month and beginning of June, FARPost looks at some of Mzansi’s stars who are expected to return to action soon in certain countries.

PORTUGAL

The Portuguese football governing body announced on Tuesday that the Primeira Liga is set to resume on June 4 to finish the remaining league games of the season. Attacker Luther Singh missed all the games in the second half of the season due to an injury but has since long recovered and will be looking at helping his loan club Moreirense who currently sit 8th on the log push up the table in the league.

The 22-year-old will also be looking at increasing his numbers as he sits on three goals and three assists so far this season in the league.

Belenenses duo of Thibang Phete and Sphephelo Sithole will also be in action for the Lisbon club to try help them move away from the relegation zone. Phete had a good start to the year before the league was postponed winning several Man of the Match awards playing as a right centre back in a three-man defence. Sithole recently tested positive for Covid19 and is in quarantine for 14 days so it remains to be seen whether the first team coaches will want to get him involved in the last leagues games or they will allow him to fully recover and join the team in next season’s preseason.

Sithole has tested positive for Covid-19.

Ricardo Schutte is a new member of the first team at Aves after being promoted late last year and the centre forward will also be looking to add value for the team as they push for European football next season. Schutte with also be looking to score his first senior goal as well as adding more appearances on top of his one league appearance so far this season.

DENMARK

The Danish superlig is set to resume on May 28 and winger Gift Links has been in full training with AGF Aarhus preparing for the resumption of the season as they look to maintain their good form that led to them being on third position in the league.

Links has struggled to get into the starting XI of the team so far but the three months lay off would’ve given the former Cape Town City man enough time to adjust and adapt.

Liam Jordan is also back in full training with second tier side HB Koge who sit in 7th place after 20 games. Jordan will be looking to help Koge move up the table and with only a few games left in the season the possibilities of promotion seem to be very slim for Koge so they will be fighting to move up as much as possible.

ENGLAND

English championship side Brentford sit in 4th position on the log and put themselves in a position to contend for a promotion play off spot should they finish in the top 6.

Kamohelo Mokotjo had a bad knee injury that took him out for months. In fact it was said he would be out for the rest of the season but the midfielder has been hard at work fighting to recover. It remains unknown if Mokotjo will be fully fit before the start of the league at the beginning of June but he will hope be can play a part .

Tom Barkhuizen, below, will also be returning to action for Preston North End who currently sit 6th on standings. Preston will want to remain in the top 6 as well to push for a promotion play off spot.

Youngster Khanya Leshabela will be hoping he can make his English premiership debut before the end of the season for Leicester City who are in a champions league spot at the moment. Leshabela is one of the young players manager Brendan Rodgers has been monitoring during this break due to Covid19 so hopefully he would give him a chance. Crystal Palace B captain Nikola Tavares is another who was close to his senior debut, but it remains to be seen if manager Roy Hodgson would give his bow when the league resumes.

SWEDEN

SA trio of Keanin Ayer, Tashreeq Matthews and Luke Le Roux will be back in action on June 14 in Sweden as the government together with the league’s governing body announced that the Swedish first and second divisions will start the regular season. Already the season was supposed to start in April but due to Corona virus had to be stopped. The government has also taken a different route to most countries saying the league will resume with fans being allowed to attend games which has shocked the world.

ISRAEL

Mihlali Mayambela will be looking at finishing his loan spell in Israel on a bang as the league is set to resume on the 30th of May . The Cape Town born winger will be hoping to help Yehuda move up the log in the Ligat Ha’Al as they sit in the middle of the table already almost out of the race for European football. Mayambela will then return to parent club SC Farense who have just been recently promoted to the Portuguese Primeira liga for the 2020/21 season.

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