South Africans Abroad: Dikgacoi's Crystal Palace crashes

The Bafana Bafana midfielder's club side may have lost the chance for automatic promotion into the Premier League after a disastrous weekend in the Championship

Still on the sidelines due to the red card he received against Manchester City, Steven Pienaar had to watch Everton defeat Stoke City 1-0 on Saturday night from the stands. The Toffees took another step in their quest for Champions League football, but face a vital encounter against Tottenham Hotspur in their next game which could determine both sides' fate come the end of the season.

Kagisho Dikgacoi experienced one of the most disappointing weekends for his club side this season, as Crystal Palace was dismantled 4-0 by Birmingham City on Friday night and was edged out 1-0 by Blackpool on Monday. The Eagles have slipped to fourth on the Championship log and their automatic promotion hopes seem to be dashed unless results go their way.  

Dean Furman played the second half during Doncaster Rovers 1-0 loss against Conventry City on Friday night and played the full ninety minutes on Monday when his new side defeated Swindown Town 1-0. Rovers still top League One, but only have a two point lead over Bournemouth.  

Bongani Khumalo did not even make the bench for PAOK during their 0-0 draw against Olympiakos Piraeus, as the defender's lack of form continues to haunt him.

Thulani Serero was given ten minutes to impress during Ajax Amsterdam's 4-1 win over NEC at the Amsterdam Arena. Ajax hold a slim three point advantage over PSV Eindhoven, as the season in Netherlands comes to a dramatic close.


The Allsvenskan returned to action this weekend and Tokelo Rantie displayed his intentions this season by scoring the opening goal of Malmo's season, during their 1-1 draw against Halmstad.

May Mahlangu played the full ninety against Djurgarden, as his side Helsingborg stormed to a 3-0 win to start the season on a high.


Darren Keet provided Kortrijk with a clean sheet to start their playoff campaign in the Belgian PRO league. The side drew 0-0 with Lierse and is grouped with Gent and Mons during the playoffs. Daylon Claasen did not get the opportunity to take to the pitch during the game.

Anele Ngcongca played the full ninety minutes during Genk's 2-1 win over Anderlecht, which sees his side climb to third on the able with 31 points.