Xulu hopes to progress

Another busy weekend for South Africa’s overseas stars

It is back to League action for South Africa’s players abroad this weekend after midweek club clashes in which a number of them prospered.

One of those who did well was Siyanda Xulu, who had a fine debut for Russian side FC Rostov in their 3-1 cup win over second-tier Astrakhan on Wednesday.

He will now hope to break into the first team for Premier league games, starting with Rostov’s home match against Rubin Kazan on Sunday.

Steven Pienaar will hope to continue his fine form for Everton when they entertain newly-promoted Southampton in the English Premiership on Saturday, while Andrew Surman’s Norwich take on struggling Liverpool at Carrow Road.

In the Championship, Kagisho Dikgacoi’s Crystal Palace are at Bolton Wanderers, while Kgosi Ntlhe’s Peterborough United will try to get their first points of the campaign as they visit Hull City.

Anele Ngcongca is back in training for Genk, which is good news for Bafana coach Gordon Igesund, and could even feature this weekend as his Belgian side host Mechelen on Saturday.

Ayanda Patosi’s Lokeren face a tough test away at defending champions Anderlecht, who have again started the season unbeaten. Patosi could add to his growing reputation with a match-winning performance in this game.

Goalkeeper Darren Keet is also involved in a high-profile fixture as his Kortrijk side host traditional giants Standard Liege on Sunday. 

Ricardo Nunes and his Zilina side are away at Košice in the Slovakian League, while Bongani Khumalo’s PAOK host Aris in Greece. May Mahlangu will be in action for his Swedish side Helsingborg as they face Åtvidaberg on Sunday.

Kamohelo Mokotjo’s Feyenoord beat NEC 3-2 in the Dutch Cup in midweek and meet them again in the league on Saturday.

Dino Ndlovu’s Maccabi Haifa will seek to kick-start their season when they travel to Hapoel Acre, also on Saturday.