SA's Abroad: Siyanda Xulu makes first league start for FC Rostov

It was another busy weekend for South Africa’s overseas contingent with goals and red cards in the mix
South African youngster Ayanda Patosi had a mixed weekend for Lokeren, netting a goal for them but then being substituted early in the second half and receiving a tongue-lasing from his coach, Peter Maes, who was unhappy with his tactical discipline.

The replacement of Patosi was greeted with boos by the Lokeren faithful, he delight in his skills, but the coach said he needed to teach the 19-year-old a lesson. Patosi had put Lokeren 2-0 up over Lierse, but the visitors fought back to earn a 2-2 draw.

Daylon Claasen and Lance Davids were again missing for Lierse, though both are nearing first-team football after recovering from injuries.

Anele Ngcongca was harshly sent-off in the 1-1 draw for Genk at leaders Club Brugge. The Bafana star was playing in a holding midfield roll and want giving his marching orders on 14 minutes, though replays suggested the tackle was a fair one.

Darren Keet kept a cleansheet for Kortrijk as they managed a 2-0 away win at Mechelen. 


Steven Pienaar put in another excellent performance for Everton as they drew 2-2 at Wigan Athletic. He set up the first goal for striker Nikica Jelavic and his all-round play was outstanding as well.

Andrew Surman missed out for Norwich City as they lost 4-1 at Chelsea. The Johannesburg-born winger appears to have fallen out of favour with manager Chris Hughton.

In the Championship, Kagisho Dikgacoi recovered from a side-strain in time to play for Crystal Palace as they beat Burnley 4-3 to continue their impressive run of form which has seen them rise to fourth in the table.

18-year-old left-back Kgosi Ntlhe was relegated to the bench again as Peterborough United lost 1-0 at home to Nottingham Forest. Ntlhe had started the campaign in the first-team, but as the side has struggled he has had to sit out in recent weeks.

In League One, Bafana midfielder Dean Furman netted his first goal of the season as Oldham Athletic beat Preston North End 3-1. That is back-to-back wins for the North West side.
Bafana skipper Bongani Khumalo played again for Greek side PAOK as they battled to a 1-1 draw at OFI Crete. Both sides finished the game with 10 men in another fiery encounter in the Greek League. PAOK have now slipped one place to third.

Dino Ndlovu was on target for Maccabi Haifa to help them to their first league win of the season at the sixth attempt. The Bafana forward netted just before halftime in the 2-0 win over Hapoel Ramat Gan that eases the pressure on his side somewhat and has seen them move away from the relegation zone.

Siyanda Xulu made a first league start for FC Rostov as they lost 2-1 at Terek Grozny on Friday. It is another step forward for the 20-year-old, who joined the Russians from Mamelodi Sundowns last month.

Having received his work permit just a few weeks ago, he has been slowly working his way into the starting line-up of the Premier league strugglers.

Ricardo Nunes came through unscathed for Slovakian side Zilina as they drew 1-1 away at Spartak Myjava. Left-back Nunes will now join up with the Bafana squad for the first time ahead of the internationals against Poland and Kenya over the next 10 days.

Tokelo Rantie helped his Malmo side to a 2-0 win over Norrköping on Friday night that leaves them three points behind leaders Elfsborg with four games left in the season. Rantie was not on the scoresheet, but did play the full 90 minutes, proving his fitness ahead of the national team games coming up.

May Mahlangu also came through Helsingborg’s 2-0 win at Mjallby on Sunday after he had been battling with a thigh strain of late.