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South Africans have mixed weekend in Europe as Rantie misses out on Championship

BELGIUM

Ayanda Patosi’s rich vein of form continued on Saturday when he scored his fourth goal in in five games as Lokeren defeated Charleroi 2-0 to continue their climb up the Belgian league table.

Patosi turned 20 last week and his career is now in liftoff after a terrific season for Lokeren that has brought him to the brink of a Bafana Bafana call-up. The goal against Charleroi was his third in a week for Lokeren, who have now moved into fourth in the table.

Darren Keet’s Kortrijk moved up to fifth with a 4-1 win over Lierse, the goalkeeper having his clean-sheet spoiled by a late consolation for the visitors.

Anele Ngcongca has led a nomadic existence for Genk this season and he was back in the centre of defence for the 2-1 win at Gent, having spent the last few weeks as a holding midfielder.

ENGLAND

Former Bafana Bafana skipper Steven Pienaar was back in action for Everton on Saturday as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Fulham.

But ‘Schillo’ looked strangely out of sorts, giving away possession and failing to operate with his usual trickery. It was his worst performance in a blue shirt of 2012 and he and manager David Moyes will hope it was just a one-off.

Andrew Surman was again missing for Norwich City as they beat Stoke City 1-0 to continue their recent revival in the Premiership.

Kagisho Dikgacoi was again in good form as his English Championship side Crystal Palace beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0. Former Blackpool boss Ian Holloway was confirmed as the new manager of The Eagles the day before the game and ‘KG’ will have impressed his new boss.

Kgosi Ntlhe started for Peterborough in their 2-1 loss at Sheffield Wednesday, but was replaced in the second half. 

Dean Furman was again left out of the starting line-up for Oldham, coming on as a substitute in the second half of their 3-0 FA Cup first round win over Kidderminster. 

GREECE
Bongani Khumalo continued in the heart of the defence for PAOK as they moved back up to second on the table with a 2-1 away win at Panionios. Khumalo’s side are five points behind Olympiakos, who have assumed their usual position at the top of the table.
NETHERLANDS

Thulani Serero remains sidelines at Ajax Amsterdam and how they could have used him as they suffered a surprise 2-0 home defeat to Vitesse Arnhem.

Kamohelo Mokotjo was also missing for Feyenoord in their 3-0 loss to FC Twente on Sunday.

RUSSIA
Siyanda Xulu remains sidelined for FC Rostov with a thigh injury and did not take part in the club’s 2-1 loss at Zenith St Petersburg that leaves them hovering just above the relegation zone.
SLOVAKIA
Ricardo Nunes played for Slovakian side Zilina as they were disappointingly held 0-0 by Senica. Zilina are now two points off top side Slovan Bratislava.
SWEDEN

Bafana Bafana striker Tokelo Rantie missed out on a winners medal in Sweden as his side dropped to third in the final standings with a 2-0 loss at AIK Stockholm.
Going into the final day of the season, Malmo needed to win and hope that eventual champions Elfsborg lost at home to mid-table Åtvidaberg.

But Rantie and his teammates could not find their form against a Stockholm side who have had a fairly indifferent campaign, while Elfsborg picked up the point they needed with a 1-1 for their first title since 2006.

It is a disappointing end to the campaign for Rantie, who will be back on loan at the club in 2013.

Meanwhile, May Mahlangu finished his campaign with Heslingborg as they drew 2-2 away at Gefle to finish in a disappointing sixth position, far below the standard they set last year in winning the Championship.

And in the second-tier, Bradley Ralani played for Landskrona and they finished their season with a 1-1 draw at Halmstad that sees them end up sixth on the log.

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