South Africans Abroad Preview: Pienaar out to end Gunners silverware hopes

The 32-year-old Pienaar is yet to win silverware since moving to England, and he will be looking to end Arsenal's hopes of securing their first major Cup since 2005

Steven Pienaar will be looking to continue with his impressive form under manager Roberto Martinez, who's aiming to win the FA Cup for the second successive season.

Everton will lock horns with Arsenal, who are motivated to do well in this competition to end their nine-year trophy drought. The FA Cup was the Gunners' last piece of silverware.

Kagisho Dikgacoi could play no part this weekend, when Crystal Palace take on Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

'KG' was forced to withdraw from South African national team on Monday due to a back injury, but it will all depend on his fitness.

In the Championship, Doncaster Rovers will be without defender Bongani Khumalo who suffered an injury while on national duty against Brazil on Wednesday.

The lanky centre-back's season is certainly over, after it was reported that he could be out for the next six months, leaving a void in the Rovers' defence for the next 10 games.

His teammate, Dean Furman is expected to be in the starting line-up after starting during their 5-0 loss to AFC Bournemouth last weekend.

Furman also started against Brazil at the FNB Stadium, but didn't have the best of nights as he often struggled to contain the likes of Fernandinho and Paulinho in midfield.

Tokelo Rantie, another South African player who was in the starting line-up, will be aiming to get himself on the scoresheet when Bournemouth visit Blackpool on Saturday afternoon.

Rantie came on in the second half of their 5-0 win over Rovers last week, and he will be hoping to see his name in the starting line-up this weekend.

Andrew Surman has been a regular in the Bournemouth midfield, and it will be no surprise to see him start in his usual position.

In the League One division, Peterborough United are expected to be without young Kgosi Ntlhe again this weekend.

The South African defender has been out of action for a while now, as he continues to recover from an injury he suffered over the past four weeks.


South African midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo is again doubtful as his side PEC Zwolle travel to face Heerenveen on Saturday evening.

Mokotjo has been injured for quite some time now, and it looks like he's not yet ready to make return to action. The 22-year-old player can still play this season, as there are still over 12 games to go.

Zwolle are eighth on the Eredivisie log with 34 points from 26 games, and haven't been doing well away from home as they suffered five defeats in their 12 away games so far this term.

Thulani Serero will look to put the disappointment of last Wednesday's 5-0 defeat to Brazil behind him when Ajax Amsterdam host Cambuur Leeuwarden on Sunday.

Serero was the best player in the Bafana team, according to his national team coach Gordon Igesund, and he will be hoping to build from that.

The log leaders are in pole position to defend their league title and return to Champions League football next year. Amsterdam are eight points clear of second placed FC Twente.


Racing Genk captain Anele Ngcongca will look to forget about last Wednesday's disaster when his club hosts Mons in the evening kickoff on Saturday.

Ngcongca, one of the long-serving members of the Genk team, has set his sights on European football next season, although it seems unlikely with only two games to go.

Ayanda Patosi will be hoping to get a rare start when KSC Lokeren welcome Waasland-Beveren on Saturday night.

The South African midfielder has lately been introduced late in the second half, but with two games to go, he will be looking to end the season on a high.

Andile Jali's KV Oostende will entertain Dareen Keet's KV Kortrijk on Saturday. The two South Africans faced each other a few times in the PSL.

But the stage is different now, with Keet a regular in the Kortrijk team while Jali is still trying to find his feet in the Jupiler League.


May Mahlangu is expected to make his debut when IFK Goteborg square off against Hudiksvalls FF in a Swedish Cup clash on Saturday afternoon.

The 24-year-old former Helsingborg midfielder put pen to paper at the beginning of the week after recovering from a horrible injury he sustained last year.

His fellow South African Mark Mayambela has also made a good impression at his new club Djurgardens IF, and he could also feature when they play Assyriska FF on Sunday.

Mayambela and his teammates lost their opening game to Sirius last weekend, and they will be aiming to bounce back at the expense Assyriska.


Daylon Claasen will be eager to erase the memories of Wednesday when his club Lech Poznan face Widzew Lodz in a league encounter on Monday night.

Claasen has regularly been in the team, and he is expected to lift his teammates as they continue to fight for a higher position on the log.

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