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The South African midfielder is one step away from plying his trade in the English top-flight as Crystal Palace prepare for the Championship playoff final against Watford


ENGLAND


Kagisho Dikgacoi is set to start for Crystal Palace against Watford this afternoon in the Championship playoff final at Wembley. Dikgacoi has been a consistent performer for the Eagles throughout the season, fulfilling his role as a midfield general in all 41 appearances for the club. The Bafana Bafana defensive midfielder also notched up four goals after developing his attacking game early in the campaign.

Crystal Palace were destined to attain automatic qualification into the Premier League, but a late season slump saw them finish 5th on the table. A playoff semi-final clash against Brighton and Hove Albion ended in a 2-0 aggregate win, after Wilifried Zaha netted two unanswered goals late in the second leg of the tie.

Dikgacoi will aim to rejoin the Premier League after an unsuccessful start in the top-flight with Fulham. It will be Crystal Palace coach Ian Holloway's third playoff final in four years. Kickoff is at 16:00 on Monday afternoon.  


 
SWEDEN

Bafana Bafana teammates Tokelo Rantie and May Mahlangu will be on opposite sides of the pitch on Wednesday night, when Helsingborg clash with Malmo FF in an Allsvenskan clash. Helsingborg currently top the league standings, while Malmo rest in fourth position, six points behind their next opponents.

Rantie has been in good scoring form for Malmo this season, netting his latest goal in a club friendly against German club Schalke 04 last week.

May Mahlangu continues to be a consistent performer for Helsingborg in the creative areas of the midfield and will hope he can inspire a win over his South African teammates side.

RUSSIA

Recently returning from injury, Siyanda Xulu was a force to be reckoned with during FC Rostoc's 3-0 win over Russian champions CSKA Moskow on Sunday. Rostov will still be involved in the relegation playoffs despite the win. SKA-Energiya Khabarovsk will be their opponents in the relegation playoffs.

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