South Africans abroad: Pienaar faces D-day against Spurs

If Steven Pienaar is to play in the Champions League next season with Everton, the Toffees will need to overcome a tiring Tottenham Hotspur this weekend
A number of vital games will be played in Europe this weekend, as South Africa's overseas stars enter into the final phase of their seasons, with only the Swedish duo Tokelo Rantie and May Mahlangu starting off their league campaign.

Steven Pienaar's Everton will face Tottenham Hotspur in a do-or-die English Premier League clash on Sunday, which should determine whether or not the Toffees are able to finish in a Champions League qualification spot at the end of the season. Pienaar will also get a chance to play against his former club

Everton are currently in sixth position, two points behind Arsenal and five behind Chelsea who are hanging onto a Champions League spot by the skin of their teeth.

Elsewhere in England Kagisho Dikgacoi will face Barnsley in an attempt to turn around the Eagle's poor run of form, which has seen them drop to fourth position on the Championship log. Kgosi Nthule will turn out for Peterborough United as they face Huddersfield Town in the Championship. Dean Furman will play Tranmere Rovers, as Doncaster Rover's seek to extend their lead at the top of League One.

Belgium-based Darren Keet will keep goal against Gent in the Belgian PRO League playoffs, with Keet's Kortjik sitting in second spot in their playoff group which also includes Mons and Daylon Claasen's Lierse. Claasen has not been given consistent game time at Lierse in the recent past, but will hope to take to the pitch against Mons this weekend.

In the Netherlands, Thulani Serero's Ajax Amsterdam will face 10th placed Heracles on Sunday. in a bid to continue pushing PSV Eindhoven at the top fo the Eredivisie standings.

Tokelo Rantie will hope to score once again for Malmo when they play Atvidaberg on Friday night in the Swedish league, while May Mahlangu's Helsingborg will want to continue their rampant start to the season when they play Oster.

Bongani Khumalo has struggled to even start on the bench for PAOK, but will hope to prove himself if he is picked to play against Veria in Greek League on Saturday.