South Africans Abroad: Mixed weekend for SA players in England

Victories for both the inspirational Steven Pienaar and Kagisho Dikgacoi put their sides back on track, but Dean Furman was left dismayed after two losses for Oldham this week

Steven Pienaar was a force to be reckoned with this weekend, scoring one of the goals of the season against Reading and displaying the hunger for Champions League football which is inherent in his Everton side. The ex-Bafana Bafana captain netted a superb strike against the Royals which formed part of an impressive performance during the Toffee's 3-1 win at Goodison Park. 

The creative spark was also involved in Everton's FA Cup win against Oldham Athletic earlier in the week, dumping his former teammate Dean Furman out of the competition.

Kagisho Dikgacoi was once more the rock in the midfield for Crystal Palace as they secured a vital 1-0 win over battling Derby County on Friday night, but the defensive midfielder did incur a booking during the clash. He will face Hull City in one of the most important fixtures of the season for the Eagles on Tuesday night, with Hull sitting four points above Dikgacoi's side in the Championship standings.

The exploits of Pienaar and Dikgacoi were overshadowed by a week to forget for Dean Furman, whose team lost against Everton in the FA Cup and were beaten 2-0 by Sheffield Wednesday. Furman will hope his side can recover from a disappointing and depressing week for the Oldham faithful, as they face Tranmere Rovers next weekend.  

Bongani Khumalo's PAOK enjoyed a stellar week, after defeating Leviadakos on Thursday in the Greek Cup and securing a 4-2 win over Panionios in the Greek Super League.

Khumalo only came on in the second half for both games, but had more playing time against Panionios. PAOK's coach Giorgis Donis has preferred the combination of Schildenfeld and Apostolopoulos in the centre of defence.

Khumalo's side play Leviadakos once more on Wednesday night in the second leg of their cup tie and Bafana Bafana's captain will hope for a longer time on the pitch.

Thulani Serero did not get a chance to play against FC Twente during Ajax's 2-0 away win on Saturday night, but did claim a start during Ajax's disappointing 3-0 KNBV Beker loss against AZ Alkmaar earlier in the week.

Ajax and PSV are still gunning for the Eredivisie title as Eindhoven maintain a slim 2 point advantage over Serero's side.


Darren Keet's Kortjik could not find any kind of tonic for their poor run of form against Cercle Brugge, as they lost 2-1 in the Belgian Cup. Keet's side has been leaking goals recently, a disappointing result for the young and promising goalkeeper.

Anele Ngcongca played the full ninety during Genk's impressive 1-0 defeat of Belgium's number one side Anderlecht. A 62nd minute goal from Jelle Vossen dumped Anderlecht out of the Belgian Cup, while Ngcongca was on hand in defence to help his side secure a clean sheet against the league leaders.