South Africans Abroad Review: Bitter weekend for SA stars in England

None of the South African players in the EPL and Championship managed to help their teams to maximum points

Steven Pienaar tried hard to help Everton end Chelsea's unbeaten home run on Saturday afternoon until he was substituted with 10 minutes to play.

The Toffees went on to concede a late goal, and they seem to be losing the race for fourth spot, with Liverpool now in the driving seat.

Kagisho Dikgacoi watched from the bench for the entire game as Crystal Palace were humbled 2-0 by champions Manchester United.

Second half goals from Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney were enough for David Moyes' charges to record yet another win over the spirited Eagles.

In the Championship, Bongani Khumalo played the entire 90 minutes, as Doncaster Rovers gave away a second half penalty to go down 1-0 at Yeovil Town on Saturday.

Khumalo's countryman Dean Furman, was on the bench as the manager decided against playing him. The 25-year-old midfielder would be hoping to make a return to the field soon before their international game against Brazil.

Tokelo Rantie started the game for AFC Bournemouth, but he was replaced by Yann Kermorgant in the 58th minute as Bournemouth dropped more points after conceding a late goal.

Rantie's teammate Andrew Surman returned to the starting line-up and enjoyed a full 90 minutes in the middle of the park, but his experience wasn't enough to help Bournemouth avoid defeat.

In the League One division, Peterborough United didn't miss the services of Kgosi Ntlhe at the back as they kept a clean sheet during their 1-0 win over Stevenage on Saturday.

The South African youngster is still nursing an injury, but he should be back for United before the season concludes.


Ayanda Patosi's KSC Lokeren were 2-1 winners over Anderlecht on Friday night. The 21-year-old midfielder came on in the 90th minute as manager Peter Maes looked to hold on to their slim lead.

Patosi is struggling to command a regular place in Lokeren's starting line-up, and that could affect his chances in the Bafana squad soon.

Andile Jali made his first start of the season in the Belgian League as Oostende came from a goal down to beat Lierse 3-2 on Saturday night.

Jali came off in the 57th minute when they were still trailing Lierse, but Laurente Depoitre, Xavier Luissint and Fernando Canesin Matos' goals sealed all three points.

Darren Keet conceded a 90th-minute goal as Mons narrowly defeated his side KV Kortrijk 2-1 on Saturday night.

Keet will need to regain top form if he's to crack it in the South African national team anytime soon.


Kamohelo Mokotjo wasn't part of the PEC Zwolle team that drew 1-1 with Heracles, as he continues to recover from injury.

The former Feyenoord midfielder has missed Zwolle's last four games, but he will be hoping to come back and help his side finish in a good position.


Daylon Claasen could only last for the first 45 minutes of Lech Poznan's 5-1 defeat to Pogon Szczenic on Saturday.

Claasen's side are 12 points behind log leaders Legia Warszawa with 37 points from 23 games.

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