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Khumalo, Ngcongca and Keet should all progress after good first leg showings

It was a good week for South Africans playing in domestic cup competitions in Europe with most taking strides towards the next round.

Bongani Khumalo’s PAOK won the first leg of their Greek Cup third round tie away at second-tier Aiginiakos 3-1. It would be a major surprise were they not to complete the job in the return fixture on December 22.   

In Belgium, Anele Ngcongca’s Genk won 5-0 at Zulte-Waregem to all but seal their place in the semifinals.

Genk scored five times before the hour-mark and might have had more in what was a commanding performance against their hosts, who have been going well in the league this year and currently sit in second place.  

The return leg of this game looks largely academic, but will be played on January 16.

Kortrijk were losing finalists in this competition last season with South African Darren Keet in goal and they were held to a 0-0 draw in the away leg of their quarterfinal against second tier St Truiden on Tuesday. Keet was rested for that game.

But with the home leg to come on January 16, it would be a shock were they not to progress.

Andrew Surman’s Norwich City were dumped out of the English League Cup by Aston Villa on Wednesday, losing 4-1 at Carrow Road with the South African-born midfielder still not ready for action after a knee injury.