Big weekend for Khumalo and Keet in Europe

South Africa’s stars return to league action after national team duty

Bongani Khumalo’s Greek side PAOK will have their championship credentials checked when they travel to Panathinaikos on Sunday.

PAOK are second in the table, five points behind leaders Olympaikos, and will have their work cut out against a Panathinaikos side who are one of the giants of Greek football.

Khumalo has started all 14 of PAOK’s matches this season while on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, a much needed kick-start to his career.

An injury to Tokelo Rantie for Bafana Bafana on Wednesday night could bring Dino Ndlovu back into the national reckoning and he will play for Maccabi Haifa against Bnei Sakhnin on Monday night.

Siyanda Xulu will hope for a starting berth for FC Rostov in Russia when they take on Samuel Eto’o and his Anzhi Makhachkala teammates on Sunday.

Darren Keet will get a big examination on Sunday when his Belgian league side Kotrijk visit leaders Anderlecht.

Keet has been magnificent this season, but no side has scored more goals than Anderlecht this season and he will be in the firing line.

Ayanda Patosi will look to score for a fifth game in succession when Lokeren host struggling Germinal Beerschot, while Anele Ngcongca's Genk visit bottom side Cercle Brugge.

Steven Pienaar’s Everton travel to Reading in the English Premiership, while Andrew Surman’s Norwich City are at home to Manchester United, one of the highlights of their campaign.

In the Championship, Kagisho Dikgacoi’s Crystal Palace are at home to Derby County, while Kgosi Ntlhe’s absence for the next four months with an ankle injury means he will not feature for Peterborough United probably until April.