Returning from their Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final run, the majority of Bafana’s overseas-based players will not be rested this weekend
Many PSL clubs are wary of thrusting their Bafana Bafana players straight back onto the pitch when the league resumes next week, but European clubs are taking no precautions this weekend as a number of the national side’s star players are set to play for their clubs, with Kagisho Dikgacoi having played ninety minutes on Friday night.
Kagisho Dikgacoi was not a regular starter for Bafana Bafana during the tournament and was included in last night’s dramatic draw between Crystal Palace and Watford, which ended 2-2. The midfielder played the full ninety minutes for the Eagles, helping his side secure a vital point as they continue to hang onto a promotion place in the Championship standings.
The midfield services of Dean Furman have been vital for Oldham Athletic this season. Furman was included the squad for clash against Yeovil Town merely a day after he returned from South Africa, but the game was postponed due to poor weather conditions.
Furman will play today against Milton Keynes Dons, even though he played three intense and tiring Africa Cup of Nations matches during the tournament. Oldham Athletic may lose his services in the summer, due to increased interest after his remarkable performance during the Africa Cup of Nations.
Bongani Khumalo is set to join in the action at PAOK, as they host OFI this evening. Khumalo’s side still sit in third place in the Greek Super League, trailing Olympiakos by fifteen points.
In Belgium, Anele Ngongca will probably start in the defensive line-up for Genk today, as his side meet Germinal Beerschot in the Belgian league. Genk have utilised Ngongca in a variety of positions this season and he is a vital part of their defence.
The only player unlikely to start this weekend will be Thulani Serero, who is still not fully fit from his long-term hamstring injury. Ajax Amsterdam will assess the player’s fitness before they face Roda JC on Sunday.