South Africans Abroad Review: Pienaar helps Toffees extend unbeaten home run

The South African midfielder was involved in two of the four goals scored by Everton as they thumped struggling Fulham at Goodison Park on Saturday

Kagisho Dikgacoi could only last for 25 minutes as his team, Crystal Palace, went 2-1 down to Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Dikgacoi limped off the field with a suspected hamstring injury and he was replaced by Stuart O’Keefe, and although the Eagles equalized in the 29th minute through Marouane Chamakh, Ramires’ stunner was enough to keep Tony Pulis’ charges in the relegation zone.

Steven Pienaar continued to enjoy his football at Merseyside after bagging two assists in Everton’s 4-1 drubbing of Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

He might have appeared to be offside when he received the ball in the 73rd minute, but Pienaar did well to cut it back for Seamus Coleman to restore Everton’s lead. They are still unbeaten at Goodison Park in 2013.

In the Championship, both Bongani Khumalo and Dean Furman started as Doncaster Rover lost 3-0 to Leeds United. Khumalo played the entire 90 minutes while Furman was taken off just after 65 minutes.

Kgosi Ntlhe finished the game as Peterborough fought hard to take a point off Gillingham in a 2-2 draw played at Mems Priestfield Stadium.

Tokelo Rantie was introduced in the second half of Bournemouth’s 2-0 loss to Birmingham City, and the South African striker’s poor run in front of goal continued as he failed to find any clear-cut chances.


Anele Ngcongca was on the losing side this weekend as Racing Genk suffered a 3-1 defeat to Standard Liege on Sunday. Despite this loss, the South African right-back put up a solid performance.

Darren Keet continued to knock on the South African national team doors with a clean sheet, as his side KV Kortrijk held Ayanda Patosi’s KSC Lokeren to a 0-0 draw.  Patosi could only watch from the stands following his last weekend’s red card.



Thulani Serero continued to prove that he’s one of the best players in the Ajax Amsterdam’s team, putting up a fine performance during his team’s hard fought 2-1 victory at Cambuur on Saturday. The defending champions are trailing leaders Vitesse Arnhem by two points in the Eredivisie standings.

Kamohelo Mokotjo couldn’t help his PEC Zwolle side as they were defeated 2-1 by Heerenveen on Friday night. It was Zwolle’s second successive defeat.