South Africans Abroad: Kagisho Dikgacoi tastes first defeat in 15 matches at Crystal Palace

It was a mixed weekend for South Africa’s overseas stars, with two of them being disappointingly benched for their team’s matches
There were victories for Ayanda Patosi and Darren Keet in Belgium this weekend as they cemented their place in the top six.

Patosi’s Lokeren secured a last-minute win over Mons to stay in third, four points behind leaders Anderlecht, while Keet’s Kortrijk defeated Cercle Brugge 3-1.

There was disappointment for Anele Ngcongca and his Genk side though as they were held 1-1 by OH Leuven and are now eight points behind the leaders.

Kagisho Dikgacoi tasted a first defeat in 15 matches for Crystal Palace as they lost 2-1 at Leeds United to drop to second in the English Championship.

Dikgacoi played the full match but could not influence the result, which has allowed Cardiff City to take over at the top of the table.

Davide Somma continues his slow recovery process for Leeds, while Kgosi Ntlhe is out with an ankle injury for Peterborough.

Steven Pienaar played for Everton in their 1-1 draw with Norwich City in the Premiership on Saturday, but Andrew Surman was again missing for the visitors.

Dean Furman played for Oldham Athletic as they picked up an important 1-0 victory against fellow League One strugglers Shrewsbury Town that puts some breathing space between them and the relegation zone.  

Bongani Khumalo did not play for PAOK as they held league leaders Olympiakos to a 1-1 draw. Khumalo was left on the bench for the first time this season, missing out on the biggest match of the Greek campaign to date.
South African-born goalkeeper Dani Amos played for Israeli champions Hapoel Kiriat Shmone as they won 2-0 at Bnei Yehuda. It was a rare clean-sheet for Amos this season and moves the side up to seventh in the table.
Kamohelo Mokotjo was again missing for Feyenoord amidst the news last week that the Dutch club are looking to offload him in January. Thulani Serero remains sidelined at Ajax Amsterdam with a hamstring injury.
Siyanda Xulu was dropped to the bench for FC Rostov’s 2-0 Russian Premier League win over Mordovia Saransk.
It was a disappointment for the young defender, who had played a starring role in last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Anzhi Makhachkala.

Ricardo Nunes scored from the penalty spot for Zilina as they completed a crucial 4-1 win over title rivals Zlaté Moravce. Nunes is the regular set-piece taker for Zilina and he held his nerve to score his side’s third goal.

The win moves Zilina up to within a point of second-placed Zlaté, but they are still seven points behind leaders Slovan Bratislava.