Successful season for Sweden-based trio

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The 2020 Swedish Allsvenskan league is officially finished and the South African trio of Luke Le Roux, Keanin Ayer and Tashreeq Matthews had a good season.

FARPost looks back at how they performed this past season. 

KEANIN AYER

  

Ayer is the more experienced of the three players as he has been with the Swedish club for over two years. He made a move from Right to Dream academy in August 2018. Ayer made history in 2019 when he helped the club gain promotion to the top-flight for the first time in their history.

He played 29 league games from a possible 30 games last season and in the 2020 season the 20-year-old continued being a regular in the team playing mostly in the right full back position. He made a total of 23 league appearances for the club in the 2020 campaign. 

His only goal of the season came against Malmo on match day 29 as Varbergs won 3-2 at home and he also assisted another strike during the season. 

TASHREEQ MATTHEWS

Tashreeq Matthews seems to have finally found stability in his career after two years of frustration which saw him move from one club to another in search of regular first team football.

Matthews moved from Ajax Cape Town to join German giants Borussia Dortmund in 2018, but due to his desire to play regular first team football the youngster went out on two loans, first to Utrecht and later to Helsingborg before joining Varbergs BoIS on a permanent deal.

At Varbergs the winger featured in 18 league games scoring one goal and assisting another four strikes in the 2020 season. He finished the season on a bad note, by getting red carded in the final game against Djurgarden IF. 

LUKE LE ROUX

 

The 20-year-old former Supersport United midfielder had a dream start to life in Europe, this is after he arrived in Sweden and became a regular in the central defensive midfield role for Varbergs BoIS.

Le Roux played 21 league games and he was unfortunate to encounter passport challenges that forced him to return to South Africa before the season concluded.  

Le Roux made 18 league starts and three substitute appearances since joining from Supersport United on a four-year deal back in February. Varbergs has secured their status in the division and the 20-year-old is expected to play an even bigger role in the upcoming season for the club.

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