South Africans Abroad Preview: Rantie, Khumalo and Furman in early meeting

The three South African players will again meet in the Bafana camp to prepare for the international clash against Brazil on Wednesday

Steven Pienaar's side Everton will be looking to put their last weekend's defeat at Chelsea behind them when they host West Ham United on Saturday afternoon.

Pienaar, who was taken off in the 80th minute of that loss at Stamford Bridge, will be hoping to improve this time around, as the Toffees continue to push for that top four finish.

Kagisho Dikgacoi has a good chance of starting away to Swansea City on Saturday evening. The Eagles stumbled and failed to beat Man United last weekend without Dikgacoi.

And manager Tony Pulis could be tempted to bring the South African midfielder back in the team. Palace are still fighting to move as far away from the relegation zone as possible.

In the Championship, Tokelo Rantie will come up against his international teammates Bongani Khumalo and Dean Furman when AFC Bournemouth welcome Doncaster Rovers on Saturday afternoon.

The trio will be in contention for places in the starting line-up against Brazil a few days later, and this league encounter will afford them an early chance of assessing each other's strength before the start of the Bafana camp on Sunday.

Rantie has had his ups and downs at Bournemouth, but he will be looking to put one past his Bafana teammates to boost his confidence going into the international week.

On the other hand, Khumalo has been rock solid in the Rovers' defence so far this term, and the former SuperSport United defender will be aiming to keep Rantie and his teammates at bay for the entire 90 minutes.

Furman is still battling to break into the starting eleven, but he will definitely be hoping to impress given the opportunity against Bournemouth.

Andrew Surman's experience will certainly be helpful in the middle of the park for Bournemouth, especially after returning to the team last weekend.

In the League One division, Kgosi Ntlhe is doubtful for this weekend's trip to Crawley Town. Ntlhe has been absent for Peterborough United in recent weeks.


Darren Keet will be hoping to keep his place between the sticks when KV Kortrijk welcome Cercle Bruge in a league match on Saturday night.

The former Bidvest Wits shot-stopper hasn't been at his best this year, but his manager has kept faith in him going into the last round of matches.

After impressing in his first start for KV Oostende last weekend, Andile Jali is set to make only his second start when they travel to face Mons on Saturday night.

Jali, who is expected to join the Bafana camp for the Brazil clash on Sunday night, has settled well at Oostende and a lot has already been said about the 23-year-old hard-tackling midfielder.

Anele Ngcongca is expected to feature when his side, Racing Genk visit Anderlecht on Sunday afternoon. The 25-year-old full-back is also in the Bafana squad to face the five-time World Champions.


PEC Zwolle could still be without midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo when they welcome NEC Nijmegen on Saturday night.

Mokotjo suffered an injury a few weeks ago, and missed Zwolle's past four league games. He also missed out on the opportunity to face Brazil next week Wednesday.

Thulani Serero is also doubtful for Ajax Amsterdam's league encounter against Feyenoord on Sunday. The former Ajax Cape Town attacker will be assessed before the game.

The 23-year-old Serero is set to miss the Brazil game on Wednesday although the extent of his injury is, at this stage, unknown.


Mark Mayambela is set to make his official debut when his new club Djurgardens take on Sirius in the Swedish Cup on Sunday.

Mayambela impressed the Djurgardens' technical team during his three-week trial with the team in Spain, and the club confirmed after signing him that he could play this weekend.


Daylon Claasen will be hoping to get another chance in the starting line-up when Lech Poznan entertain Piast Gliwice on Saturday night.

Claasen has put up his hand since joining Poznan, and he's been rewarded with a call-up back to the national team to face Brazil this month.

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