South Africans Abroad: Dikgacoi continues promotion charge, Patosi’s scoring run ends

It was back to league football for South Africa’s top stars in Europe, with mixed fortunes for the various players

There was no goal this week for Ayanda Patosi, but Lokeren still managed a 1-0 victory over Germinal Beerschot to move into third in the Belgian league.

It ends a run of four consecutive matches in which the 20-year-old had scored, elevating his status to among the most talked-about players in Belgium.

Darren Keet might have done a favour for his compatriot as his Kortrijk side played away at leaders Anderlecht, but could not stop them slipping to a 1-0 defeat. Lokeren now trail leaders Anderlecht by four points.

There was still no sign of Daylon Claasen or Lance Davids for Lierse, while Anele Ngcongca was rested for Genk as they lost 3-1 at Cercle Brugge. He returned from national duty with South Africa feeling unwell.

Kagisho Dikgacoi’s Crystal Palace beat Derby County 3-0 on Saturday, ‘KG’ again playing the full game for his side despite his heavy travel schedule to and from South Africa for the national team game with Zambia. Palace remain top of the Championship and unbeaten in 14 matches.

Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) and Davide Somma (Leeds United) remain sidelined with injury, while Dean Furman was suspended for Oldham Athletic in League One. Darren Holden played for Hartlepool, though he might have wished he hadn’t as they lost 5-0 at home to Coventry City.

Steven Pienaar played for Everton in their 2-1 loss at Reading, while Andrew Surman was again missing for Norwich City as they stunned Manchester United 1-0.

Bongani Khumalo’s PAOK have lost ground on leaders Olympiakos in the Greek title race after a 2-0 away loss at Panthinakois. Khumalo was at centre-back for his side, who must now make up an eight-point deficit on Olympiakos, something that looks unlikely even at this stage of the season.
Despite the tense security situation in Israel that had forced the cancellation of some Israeli Premier League matches this weekend, South African-born Dani Amos’ Israeli champions Ironi Kiryat Shmona lost 1-0 at home to Hapoel Tel Aviv. Dino Ndlovu will be in action for Maccabi Haifa on Monday night.

The reports that Thulani Serero has started running again at Ajax Amsterdam is cautiously good news for Bafana coach Gordon Igesund, but Kamohelo Moktojo was again missing for Feyenoord as they beat Willem II 3-0. He has been playing reserve team football since returning from an ankle injury last month.

Former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Siyanda Xulu returned to the FC Rostov team for their 0-0 away draw at title-chasing Anzhi Makhachkala on Sunday.

Xulu, who has missed more than a month with a thigh injury, came up against Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o and won praise for his performance in what could turn out to be a vital point for the relegation-threatened Rostov.

Xulu will now hope for a run of games in the side to try and work his way into Gordon Igesund’s plans for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ricardo Nunes suffered disappointment as his Slovakian side Zilina lost 1-0 to Ružomberok to slip to fourth and seven points behind Slovan Bratislava.