South African's Abroad: Barren weekend for our players in Europe

It was a largely disappointing weekend for South African players in Europe this weekend, with wins hard to come by

It was a poor weekend in Belgium for South Africa’s stars in the top-flight with none of them able to conjure a win.
Anele Ngcongca was at centre-back as his Genk were beaten 3-2 at Zulte-Waregem, having beaten the same opposition 5-0 in the Belgian Cup in midweek.
Darren Keet’s Kortrijk lost 1-0 at Waasland-Beveren, another poor result for them as they have now lost four of their last five league matches.
Ayanda Patosi’s Lokeren were held 2-2 at home by Gent and are now three games without a win. while neither Daylon Claasen or Lance Davids were in action for Lierse as they drew 1-1 with bottom side Cercle Brugge.

Kagisho Dikgacoi’s Crystal Palace side missed a great opportunity to return to the top of the English Championship when they gave up a 2-0 lead at Birmingham City to draw 2-2.

Had they held on for the win they would have over-taken Cardiff City at the summit, after the Welsh side were shocked 2-1 at home by bottom side Peterborough United.

In the Premiership, Steven Pienaar missed a great opportunity late on for Everton as they were held 1-1 at Stoke City. Dean Furman’s Oldham Athletic lost 2-0 to Swindon Town in League One.

Ajax Amsterdam attacking midfielder Thulani Serero was kept out of the match day squad this weekend as he continues to work his way back to full fitness in the Netherlands. 

Serero made his return from three months out with 45 minutes in the reserves last weekend and manager Frank de Boer resisted the temptation to draft him back into the first team immediately.
But there was a return of sorts for Feyenoord midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo, who played his first minutes of the season against ADO Den Haag on Sunday. 

Mokotko had not kicked a ball in anger for Feyenoord since May 2, but was given the final few minutes as a substitute this weekend, his first of the season. It is still likely that he will be offloaded
either in January or at the end of the season.


South African-born goalkeeper Dani Amos played for his Israeli side Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona as they drew 2-2 away at Beitar Jerusalem.