South Africans Abroad: Rantie scores during seven goal feast

Tokelo Rantie found the back of the net for Malmo during a crushing win over Hibernian, which saw them advance into the next round of Uefa Europa League qualification
Tokelo Rantie was one of seven Malmo players to score against Hibernian during their comprehensive 9-0 aggregate win in the first round of Uefa Europa League qualification.

Malmo won the first leg of the tie 2-0 at home and put together a rampant performance in Scotland on Thursday night, netting seven unanswered goals.

Rantie scored the fifth goal of the match, after Eriksson, Forsberg, Halsti and Albornoz had put the Swedish side 4-0 up in the first half.

Following Rantie's 60th minute strike, Hamad and Kroon continued the demolition job, sealing the 7-0 win and a place in the next round of qualification. The Bafana Bafana striker was also involved in the first and seventh goal of the match, setting up Eriksson with a low cross and providing the assist for Kroon.

Malmo, leaders in the Allsvenskan, play Sive Phekezela's Gefle on Sunday as their league season resumes after a short two week break. They will meet English Premier League side Swansea in the next round of Uefa Europa league qualification.  

In other Uefa Europa league qualification action involving South African born players, Lukas Schenkel played for Swiss side FC Thun during their 3-1 win over Chikura from Georgia. Phekezela made the bench for Gefle, while Ricardo Nunes returned from injury to make the bench during Zilina's 2-0 win over Olympic Ljubljana.  

Meanwhile, Gordon Igesund has commented on May Mahlangu's injury, which will keep the player out of the next four months of action. Mahlangu had to undergo surgery on Wednesday and will miss league and national team action during his recovery period.

“It is always terrible when a Bafana Bafana player gets injured and is not available for selection,” Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said in a statement. “I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he is back in action soon.”

Daylon Claasen's move to Hull City could be scuppered by his lack of international caps, which would hinder his chances of earning a work permit in England. Steve Bruce has been impressed by the player and called him "a feisty little thing" after Claasen impressed in friendly matches and training.

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