Three South Africans will be in Uefa Europa League action tonight in the final round of group matches in the competitionGenk star Anele Ngcongca is hoping to help his team to top spot in their pool having already secured their passage to the next round.
Genk need just a draw to confirm top spot in their pool and advance to the knockout stages as one of the seeded teams, though that could bring with it its own peril.
Italian giants Inter Milan and Napoli, as well as English Premiership side Tottenham Hotspur all look likely to finish runners-up in their pools and could be potential opponents in the next round.
Ngcongca is now in his fourth successive season of European club football, which includes the Uefa Champions League group stages last year, but they have yet to reach the knockout stages.
It is already ‘game-over’ for May Mahlangu’s Helsingborg, who need to win away at Dutch side FC Twente to avoid the wooden spoon in Group L.
It could potentially be a last game for the Swedes for Mahlangu, if he gets his wish of a January move away from the club. After this he will have a few weeks to recover before he likely joins up with the Bafana Bafana squad for their pre-Christmas training camp in Durban ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
It is the same scenario for South African-born goalkeeper Dani Amos, whose Israeli side Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona must win away at French Ligue 1 side Lyon to avoid last place in Group I.