South Africans Abroad Preview: Mahlangu set for Konyaspor league debut


Steven Pienaar is expected to miss this weekend's Merseyside Derby as he still hasn't fully recovered from an injury that has kept him on the sidelines since the beginning of January.

Everton will lock horns with Liverpool in what should be Steven Gerrard's last game at Goodison Park, but it will be more about the maximum points than anything else for the two hometown rivals.

In the Championship, Tokelo Rantie should make his return to Eddie Howe's match day squad after spending the last few weeks away at the Africa Cup of Nations finals with Bafana Bafana.

The former Orlando Pirates striker is fit and eager to help AFC Bournemouth consolidate their spot at the top of the league table with a win over Wigan Athletic on Saturday.


His teammate and fellow countryman, Andrew Surman, should be able to keep his place in the starting line-up, as this has been the case for him in recent weeks.

Kagisho Dikgacoi continues to recover from a long-term injury, and he will definitely watch from the stands when Cardiff City visit Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

In League One division, Dean Furman's return to Doncaster Rovers' side last week could well have done wonders for him, as he is expected to feature again this weekend.

Rovers, who are placed 12th in the standings with 36 points after 26 league games, will play host to Walsall on Saturday afternoon.

Kgosi Ntlhe's club Peterborough United are up to ninth on the log after back-to-back victories in their last two games, and they could move further up should they defeat Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

Kamohelo Mokotjo will attempt to lift FC Twente from their last week's defeat to ADO Den Haag when they take on Excelsior on Saturday night.

The highly-rated midfielder, who was linked with a big move to Premier League club Southampton earlier this week, is aware that Twente need to improve their position on the log if they are to qualify for the Uefa Europa League.

Thulani Serero, another South African who is currently plying his trade in the Eredivisie, with Ajax Amsterdam who have a difficult challenge of closing a 12-point gap between themselves and PSV Eindhoven at the summit of the log.

The Dutch giants have managed only 43 points from their 21 league games, but they could trim the gap to nine with a win over Go Ahead Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

It's back to business for all South African players who were with the national team for the Afcon tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

Andile Jali could return to KV Oostende's starting line-up for this weekend's clash with Ayanda Patosi's club, KSC Lokeren.

Jali had to settle for a place on the bench against Anele Ngcongca's Racing Genk during the week, as he was given an extended time to recuperate.

Darren Keet may need to work his socks off to wrestle the number one jersey away from Laurent Henkinet, after the Belgian keeper had kept a clean-sheet in their previous match.

KV Kortrijk will be at home against Club Brugge on Sunday afternoon, as they bid to overtake Anderlecht to second in the log standings.

Lastly, Ngcongca's Genk will welcome Waasland-Beveren on Sunday night , with the Bafana defender certain to feature for the second time in the space of one week since returning from the Afcon.

May Mahlangu is expected to make his league debut when his new club, Torku Konyaspor, travel to Balikesirspor on Sunday afternoon, as he's available for selection.

The former IFK Goteborg midfield maestro joined the Turkish side on a six-month loan deal earlier this week, and he's declared himself ready to begin on a new slate in the Turkish Super Lig.