South Africans Abroad: Ayanda Patosi’s fantastic strike keeps Lokeren run going

Bafana Bafana midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi is also on the scoresheet in England

Ayanda Patosi netted what will likely turn out to be the Goal of the Season in Belgium with a fantastic strike in Lokeren’s 2-1 victory over Standard Liege on Friday night.

The victory keeps Lokeren within four points of leaders Anderlecht, but it is the goal that has everybody talking in Belgium.

The 20-year-old South African volleyed home from 20 yards, showing excellent technique. It was the fourth consecutive match in which he has scored, taking his tally to six in 15 starts for the season.

Darren Keet kept another clean-sheet for Kortrijk, good preparation for his call-up to the South African national side for the match against Zambia on Wednesday.

And Anele Ngcongca played at fullback for Genk in their 5-1 hammering of Mons that leaves them three points behind Anderlecht. There was still no sign of Daylon Claasen and Lance Davids at Lierse.

Kagisho Dikgacoi scored a late winner for Crystal Palace as they maintained their lead in the English Championship. The Eagles had been trailing Peterborough United going into the final 10 minutes before goals from André Moritz and Dikgacoi turned the result in their favour.

Having lost their first three matches of the campaign, Palace are now unbeaten in their last 13 games, 10 of which have been won.

Kgosi Ntlhe was missing from the Peterborough side through injury, while Leeds United striker Davide Somma is not quite ready for a return as he comes back from almost 18 months on the sidelines.  

In the Premiership, Steven Pienaar played for Everton as they also came from behind for a victory at home to Sunderland, but Andrew Surman was again missing for Norwich City in their 0-0 draw with Reading.

In league One, Dean Furman started for Oldham Athletic as they lost 1-1 at home to Tranmere Rovers, while Darren Holden was not involved at all for Hartlepool in their loss to Yeovil Town.

Bafana skipper Bongani Khumalo kept up his good recent run of form as Greek side PAOK defeated Platanias 2-0 to stay second in the title race.

Bafana striker Dino Ndlovu played for Maccabi Haifa in their 1-1 draw at Ironi Nir Ramat Hasharon. The result was not enough to lift the side out of the relegation zone. South African-born goalkeeper Dani Amos was in action for Israeli champions Hapoel Kiriat Shmone as they were held 1-1 by Hapoel Ramat Gan.


Both Thulani Serero (Ajax Amsterdam) and Kamohelo Mokotjo (Feyenoord) remain sidelined for their clubs through injury.

Former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Siyanda Xulu was back on the bench for Russian Premier League side FC Rostov as they won 3-0 at home to Amkar Perm. Xulu has missed the last month with a thigh injury.
Ricardo Nunes played for Zilina as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Trencin on Sunday, a result which leaves the side four points behind leaders Slovan Bratislava having been involved in three successive draws.
May Mahlangu played in a rescheduled Swedish Cup game for Helsingborg as they went through to the group stages of the competition with a 2-1 win over Höllvikens GIF.