South Africans Abroad: Steven Pienaar nets for Everton in vain as they lose at Chelsea

Second goal in three games for Pienaar not enough for former Bafana Bafana skipper to seal win for Everton

Steven Pienaar scored his second goal in three games for Everton, but it was in vain as they let their early lead slip in a 2-1 home loss to Chelsea on Saturday.

It is a blow to The Toffees’ hopes of a top four finish as Frank Lampard scored twice to cancel out ‘Schillo’s’ early effort.

But the form of the former Bafana Bafana skipper remains good, an unfortunate reminder to national team coach Gordon Igesund of what he is missing.

In the Championship, Kagisho Dikgacoi played for Crystal Palace as they drew 2-2 at Nottingham Forest.

Ordinarily this would be seen as a good result, but coming on the back of five games without a win, it is more dropped points for the early-season pacesetters. They also allowed Forest to equalise three minutes into injury-time.

Davide Somma started for Leeds United, but was replaced at halftime after making little impact in the 2-0 loss to Hull City. To be fair to the Bafana striker, the service into him was woeful as Leeds offered next to nothing going forward.

In League One, it was another defeat for Dean Furman and his Oldham Athletic side, this time going down 2-1 at home to Crewe Alexandra. It is a fourth straight defeat for The Latics.

Darren Holden was not involved for bottom side Hartlepool as they recorded just their second win in 24 games this season away at second-placed Sheffield United.


Dani Amos played for Ironi Kiryat Shmona in their 4-3 victory against Maccabi Netanya on Saturday.
The victory moved the defending champions up to third in the league table, but some eight points behind leaders Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Meanwhile, there is still no sign of the injured Dino Ndlovu for Maccabi Haifa. The Bafana forward broke a bone in his foot last month and has spent the last six weeks on the sidelines. The injury also ended his hopes of playing in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.


Livingston’s match with Hamilton was postponed due to the weather on Saturday, meaning there was no action for the Keaghan and Kyle Jacobs in the Scottish First Division.

Their brother, Devon Jacobs, was only on the bench for fourth-tier Berwick Rangers, the same story for third-tier Jonathan Brown at Brechin City.