Local News - Issue 274



Ngcongca Makes Move to Ligue 1 Newcomers Troyes

Anele Ngcongca has completed his move to French Ligue 1 side Troyes. The Bafana Bafana defender was with Belgian club Racking Genk after nine years. In all, Ngcongca made 271 appearances for Genk, scoring eight goals. The 27-year-old right-back excited about plying his trade in Ligue 1 and has spoken about what lead to his departure at Genk: “The club now has a new coach [Peter Maes] and two new directors. Things started to change during a training session. I was kicked on my ankle and had to be attended by a physio. The coach told me to get up and I told him I can’t because I was injured. Our coach is someone who shouts a lot, he was given the job because he is very strict and someone who demands discipline. He doesn’t like someone who makes mistakes. After the session I told him I can’t play in our following match because of my ankle and that is when it was reported that I went AWOL. How can I go AWOL when my place is 20 minutes from the training ground? After that I was called into a meeting and I was fined R50 000 and I left the meeting immediately. The next time the coach saw me, he asked what happened and I told him I was upset because he didn’t give me the respect I deserved. But anyway, life goes on.”

Bafana Bafana pair Thulani Serero and Tsepo Masilela are doubtful for Saturday's 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Mauritania in Nouakchott. Ajax Amsterdam attacker Serero and Kaizer Chiefs left-back Masilela are nursing knocks, but were expected to report to the Bafana camp on Tuesday for a medical assessment. Bidvest Wits captain Thulani Hlatshwayo has already been ruled out of the Group M tie with a thigh strain, with SuperSport United's Clayton Daniels taking his place.  

Glenn Verbauwhede has been registered by Mamelodi Sundowns on deadline day for the 2015/2016 season. The Belgian goalkeeper was seen at the PSL head offices as the curtain came down on the South African transfer window at 17h00 on Monday. Verbauwhede, who spent last season on loan at Free State Stars, has been added to Pitso Mosimane's playing options although he has a tendon tear that will likely keep him out until January. Striker Katlego Mashego will also remain with the Chloorkop-based side after a prospective move to Bidvest Wits failed to materialise. "Katlego Mashego is staying with Sundowns and there is nothing on Siphelele Ntshangase as well," said PSL media relations officer Luxolo September.

The Premier Soccer League has offered some insight into Camaldine Abraw's registration as a Kaizer Chiefs player. The Togolese forward was registered by the defending Absa Premiership champions on deadline day despite an ongoing case involving Amakhosi and Bloemfontein Celtic, after the striker signed contracts with both clubs. PSL General Manager Derek Blanckensee addressed the media shortly after the local transfer window closed at 5pm on Monday. "There was an application from Bloemfontein Celtic seeking an order from the PSL DRC, ordering the player to go to Celtic on the basis of a pre-contract and that application was turned down," he explains.  "Kazier Chiefs submitted a set of registration documents which are complying so he's registered for Kaizer Chiefs." Blanckensee was quick to point out the case is far from being over. "As things stand, Abraw has been registered by Kaizer Chiefs but he DRC does instruct us to inspect some aspects of the whole thing so we don't know how that will turn out in the end. The book is not necessarily closed on this chapter. We'll see how it ends up."

Bloemfontein Celtic say they are shocked by the Premier Soccer League’s decision to allow Kaizer Chiefs to register Camaldine Abraw before his case is over. The Togolese striker is registered by Chiefs and eligible to play despite a pending case of him allegedly signing two contracts with the two clubs, and Celtic are very unhappy to say the least. The club’s chairman Max Tshabalala has released a statement in which he says the League has acted unprofessionally on the matter after the PSL’s general manager for football Derek Blanckensee told the media on Monday that the player is eligible to play for Chiefs.

Tokelo Rantie is set for a return to the English Championship with Reading hoping to take the Bafana Bafana striker on loan from Bournemouth. Rantie has not featured at all in the Premier League match day squads this season for The Cherries, making a substitute appearance in the League Cup only. And with Bournemouth expected to sign Glenn Murray from Crystal Palace on Tuesday, he will move further down the pecking order on the English south coast. Reading want Rantie on loan, making him the second South African to play for the club in recent seasons after an ill-fated move for Bongani Khumalo in the 2011/12 campaign where he played just a handful of matches. Rantie made just 12 league appearances for Bournemouth last season as they won a first ever promotion to the top-flight in England, with all of those coming from the bench.

Dominic Isaacs says the ambition of Royal Eagles’ chairman is what lured him to the club. The former Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic defender has dropped down a division after Ajax Cape Town decided against renewing his contract. However, the 33-year-old says the opportunity was too good to pass up. “This is a fantastic opportunity for to add some value to the club," says Isaacs, who has signed a two-year deal. "After meeting with the chairman, I can sense that Eagles have big ambitions for the future. That is exactly why I did not hesitate to join the club. I'm very excited about the club’s future."

Chippa United have finally completed the signing of Burkina Faso striker Aristide Bance on a three-year deal. Following Edward Manqele's move to Kaizer Chiefs, club chairman Chippa Mpengesi has exclusively revealed that he has secured the services of Bance. "We have signed Aristide Bance and he is the straight replacement for Edward Manqele at the club," Mpengesi said. Meanwhile, Mpengesi says that he is not interested in signing David Zulu as part of the Manqele deal, adding that it was an outright deal between the two clubs and not a swap deal. "It is not a swap deal; it is straight deal and Kaizer Chiefs paid a transfer fee for [Manqele]. I was not interested in a loan deal for Zulu. He still needs to fight for his place at Chiefs. You can't sell the player and the next thing you want him back, you know what I mean? So it would mean I was not selling him with an open heart and it will not be good for him coming [back] to us. There was no such thing as a swap deal," Mpengesi concluded. The Port Elizabeth outfit have also confirmed the signing of 21-year-old striker Muhammad Zaid Patel from Bidvest Wits.

Bafana Bafana are set to face Africa's fifth best side Senegal in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on September 8, SAFA confirmed on Monday. The match will be played at the Orlando Stadium with kick-off set for 19:00. Bafana Bafana won the 2014 edition of the Nelson Mandela Challenge after seeing off Ivory Coast 2-0 in Durban courtesy of goals from Bongani Zungu and David Zulu. Senegal are ranked fifth in Africa and 39th in the world compared to South Africa, who are ranked 17th in Africa and 72nd in the world. Local fans may be able to get a glimpse of Senegal and Premier League star Sadio Mane. The attacking forward from Southampton has been strongly linked with a move to English giants Manchester United. The friendly international comes shortly after the national team's AFCON 2017 qualifier against Mauritania in Nouakchott, Mauritania on September 5.
Bafana Fixtures: September 5: v Mauritania, Cup of Nations, Nouakchott
September 8: v TBA, Nelson Mandela Challenge, friendly, Soweto
October 8: v Costa Rica, friendly, Liberia
October 13: v Honduras, friendly, San Pedro Sula
October 17: v Angola, CHAN, TBA
October 24: v Angola, CHAN, Luanda
November 13: v Angola, World Cup, Benguela
November 17: v Angola, World Cup, Durban

University of Pretoria have re-signed Siyabonga Ngubane on loan from Mpumalanga Black Aces. Ngubane has returned to the Tshwane club on a season-long loan from Aces after signing for AmaZayoni following the expiry of his Tuks contract at the end of last season.

Ajax Cape Town have completed the signing of Abel Mabaso on a loan deal from Mamelodi Sundowns. The Urban Warriors were set to announce one final arrival at Ikamva in the form of Mabaso, who has now been registered at the PSL offices. “Abel’s enthusiasm and professionalism will without a doubt have a positive impact on the team, and joining the likes of SA U23 players Abbubaker Mobara and Bafana Bafana defender Rivaldo Coetzee in defence will boost our defensive options,” Ajax Cape Town CEO Ari Efstathiou told the club’s website. The 24-year-old had loan spells with Mpumalanga Black Aces in the 2013/14 season and Maritzburg United in the 2014/15 season.

Cape Town All Stars rising star Mihlali Mayambela has jetted out of the country for a week-long assessment at Djurgardens IF. The younger brother of Mark Mayambela missed All Stars’ 1-0 win over Royal Eagles in the First Division on Saturday, which took Igugu Lekapa to the top of the fledgling NFD standings. His older brother Mark, who is now at Chippa United, also played for Djurgardens before returning to the country last January when he signed for Eagles.

Maritzburg United have secured the signing Mamelodi Sundowns defender Kwanda Mngonyama on a season-long loan. Bidvest Wits appeared ready to hijack the deal on Monday but the Team of Choice have finally landed their man after protracted talks with his parent club. “We couldn't reach an agreement over a [permanent] transfer but the player has joined us on loan,” Maritzburg operations manager Quinton Jettoo said. Mngonyama will spend the 2015/16 season with Mandla Ncikazi’s side as they look to improve on last season’s eighth-place finish.

Ugandan midfielder Yasser Mugerwa's transfer to Orlando Pirates has now been confirmed and completed. Mugerwa has signed a three-year deal with the Buccaneers after Pirates agreed terms with Uganda Revenue Authority last week.

Mamelodi Sundowns have registered Amajita captain Motjeka Madisha for the 2015/16 season. The 20-year-old centre-back is expected to bolster the defence following Alje Schut's departure.

 Mamelodi Sundowns are close to concluding a deal with Colombian striker Leonardo Castro. A source at Sundowns says that the deal will be finalised after the 26-year-old impressed the head coach, Pitso Mosimane. Castro is set to sign a three-year contract with the Brazilians.

Free State Stars have fired their head coach Kinnah Phiri and replaced him with Ernst Middendorp. Phiri got the axe after three losses in their first three league matches. Middendorp, an ex-Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic boss, was formerly on the books of Chippa United last season. The German left the Chilli Boys on bad terms after he was suspended in March following a poor run of results at the Port Elizabeth-based outfit.

Bloemfontein Celtic chairman Max Tshabalala was delighted the Free State Cheetahs rugby team showed their support for Phunya Sele Sele against Orlando Pirates. Cheetahs players and officials attended the league match at Free State Stadium as Celtic won 1-0 thanks to Vuyani Ntanga's 76th minute goal last week Wednesday. Tshabalala told his club's website: “Winning against Pirates has obviously made us proud but the victory was sweeter when we witnessed such extraordinary support from the Cheetahs family. We were overwhelmed by the jubilation and how players from both teams wildly celebrated with such passion. We have the integrity of the province to protect. The bond between these two institutions resembles that of 'Ubuntu', the reception by our supporters towards Cheetahs was amazing… it was a phenomenal atmosphere that was fulfilling. Once again [thanks] to the management of the Cheetahs for the support.”

Banyana Banyana head coach Vera Pauw says it is unfortunate that Egypt have withdrawn from the All Africa Games, taking place in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo from September 3 to 18. It is unclear why the North Africans have pulled out of the event. “It is very unfortunate that they had to withdraw from the competition but that is beyond our control. However, from our standpoint, nothing changes. We would have loved to play against them because, as I have been saying, this is ideal preparation for our 2016 Rio Olympic qualifiers against Equatorial Guinea next month,” said Pauw. “The withdrawal means we will now play one match less meaning there is no room for error as there are only two matches to play instead of the initial three. The withdrawal also denies us a chance to face them for the first time. The only positive here is that should we move into the semi-finals, we will have more rest, which means fresh legs for that part of the tournament.” Banyana had been drawn in Group B alongside Cameroon, Ghana and Egypt. Group A remains with four teams – hosts Congo alongside Nigeria, Tanzania and Ivory Coast. Banyana will face Cameroon in their opening match on September 7 at the Stade de l’unite 3. Kick-off is at 17h00 local time in Brazzaville (18h00 SA time). Pauw’s charges will then lock horns with Ghana in their second and last group stages encounter on September 10. The clash will start at the same time at the same venue. The semi-finals take place five days later, with the finals set for September 18. Banyana depart for Brazzaville on Wednesday as part of Team South Africa under SASCOC.

Frustration and broken promises over an adjustment to his contract at the club is believed to be the reason behind Ayanda Patosi missing training with Belgian side Lokeren last week. Reports in Belgium surfaced that the player had gone AWOL, but a friend of the player who asked not to be named said this is not the case, adding the club knows exactly what his situation is. “Ayanda is not AWOL, the club know where he is and have had contact with him,” the friend said. “The issue that has upset Ayanda is that for weeks the club have said they will adjust his contract, yet they are doing nothing about it. He has had enough of the situation and he wants it rectified.” Patosi moved from the ASD Academy in Cape Town to Lokeren in 2011, signing a five-year contract and starting on very close to the minimum wage applicable to footballers in Belgium. He has signed one contract improvement since then, but is still well behind level he should be at for a player of his importance to the team. After weeks of being given assurances the situation would be remedied, in frustration he has now decided as a last resort to stay away from training. “What really makes him feel devalued at Lokeren is that the club is consistently putting a ridiculous transfer price on his head, yet he earns 50 percent of what he could earn if he was playing in South Africa! He has communicated this to the club on a number of occasions but despite their assurance that they will rectify the situation, they continue to ignore the situation,” added his friend. Patosi’s situation is further complicated by the fact that the ASD Academy still owns 50 percent of his transfer rights. That has meant that Lokeren, in an attempt to maximise their return, have put a high price on his transfer fee, scaring off potential suitors. At this stage, Lokeren would prefer to keep the player because after getting just 50 percent of his real market value, would struggle to replace him with the proceeds. The friend added: “The situation has completely disadvantaged Patosi and he feels trapped. When they did improve his contract a few years ago, they added another year to the length of the contract, so the situation is never-ending. So now he is fighting back; he feels that if he is going to be tied up by issues beyond his control, then he should at the very least be paid according to his level of ability and the market rate.”

Jomo Cosmos boss Jomo Sono says he doesn’t scout keepers, he only scores against them, but he is delighted with what Sherwyn Naicker has brought to the club. Naicker kept his third consecutive clean-sheet in the draw at SuperSport United, including a brilliant last-minute save to deny Jeremy Brockie. He started his career at SuperSport, and ‘Bra J’ says he is happy the goalkeeper made his way to Cosmos. “I told him that they [SuperSport] kicked him out and he must go and prove them wrong,” Sono says. “I am not good at scouting goalkeepers, I was only good at scoring against them. You know how I got the boy? We met when I was going to training. He stopped me and said ‘Bra J, I want to come and train with your team’. I looked at him and said ‘Yerr, an Indian goalkeeper ... the last Indian goalkeeper was Deshi Baktawer’. He said ‘give me chance’ and I said he must come. When we got to training to my players mshayeni (beat him with shots at goals). He saved everything!” Sono added: “He has done well because people were saying he is short. We are happy for him. The boy is professional and trains hard. Avril Phali is helping him a lot because he has experience.”

Moroka Swallows have signed Namibian forward Rudolf Bester on a season-long deal following on the non-renewal of his contract at Free State Stars. Bester spent the past season at Stars but battled for game-time, starting just a single match (plus eight substitute appearances) before being allowed to leave at the end of the campaign. Swallows boss Leon Prins confirmed the signing of Bester, who joins former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Josta Dladla in the list of new arrivals at the club. Bester (32) has also previously played for Golden Arrows, Orlando Pirates and Maritzburg United, where he briefly trained last month in his bid to win a new contract after the disappointment of last season.

Former Swallows defender Rudi Isaacs will be turning out for Highlands Park this season after penning a deal with the First Division club. The former youth international spent the past four years at Swallows after joining in from Vasco da Gama. Also joining Highlands is youth international forward Cyprian Nkambule – on loan from BidVest Wits - along with Namibian midfielder Peter Shalulile. 

Larry Cohen has signed a one-year contract with Ajax Cape Town. The 27-year-old former
Moroka Swallows and Chippa United defender says he is glad to be back in Cape Town. “Yeah, I’m very grateful for this opportunity Ajax has presented me,” the defender said. “Ajax have world-class facilities and I hope I can add some value.”  Cohen is a very versatile player and gives Ajax coach Roger de Sa plenty more options in his squad.

Royal Eagles coach Vladislav Heric is excited about the signing of former Bafana Bafana striker Katlego Mphela. The ex-Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs player has signed a one-year deal with Eagles together with former Orlando Pirates midfielder Khethokwakhe Masuku. “I am happy about the signing of Katlego Mphela. He is one of the best strikers in the country. I am also happy about the signing of Masuku. I worked with him at Black Leopards. I have no doubt that he will add value to the team,” he said.

Ajax Amsterdam have changed their mind and will now not be allowing Thulani Serero to leave the club in this transfer window. A glut of midfield signings since the end of last season had seen Serero, currently working his way back from an ankle injury, slip down the pecking order. That had led to the club being open to offers, including a loan move, but coach Frank de Boer has since announced that they will be keeping the Bafana Bafana midfielder. This follows the loan of Lucas Andersen to Willem II, which De Boer says means they cannot afford to lose Serero as well. “Serero is the fifth midfielder now,” De Boer said. “Andersen will gain experience and we will maintain Serero. That’s the ideal scenario.”

Angelo Tsichlas, husband of former Mamelodi Sundowns supremo Nastasia Tsichlas has been appointed as chief technical advisor to the club and its owner, Patrice Motsepe. Save for a short stint on the bench in the 1980s, Tsichlas has scant coaching background, although, alongside his wife, he helped steer the club to a record three successive Premier Soccer League titles at the turn of the century. Tsichlas worked for the club since 1988 and rose to the position of chairman while Nastasia was MD under the ownership of the Krok twins. He remained on the board briefly after Motsepe’s takeover in 2004. He is the brother-in-law of former Chippa United team manager, Peter Koutroulis, who along with his wife Maria (sister of Nastasia) also worked for Sundowns.

Maritzburg United have confirmed the acquisition of Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Siyabulela Shai on a season-long loan deal. The son of Sundowns legend Isaac Shai spent the past season on loan at Chippa United where he started 12 games and made another five substitute appearances, enjoying his best form at the tail end of the campaign when he started the last seven League games.

SuperSport United have loaned out the youthful duo of striker Thabani Mthembu and defender Brandon Dean to NFD club Santos. Both players will be with the Cape Town club on season-long loan deals. Former South Africa Under-20 star Mthembu spent the second half of last season on loan at Vasco da Gama and has now been moved out again as it had become clear that he would again struggle for game-time if he stayed at SuperSport. Prior to his loan move to Vasco last season the 21-year-old had made just a single substitute appearance at SuperSport, coming on from the bench in the club’s first League game of last season. Dean started two games last season for Matsatsantsa and has moved back to his hometown.

MultiChoice together with the Premier Soccer League announced season two of the MultiChoice Diski Challenge, which will kick off with a festival weekend at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa, Gauteng on Saturday, 5 September 2015. The MultiChoice Diski Challenge is a Corporate Investment (CSI) programme which includes a reserve league of all 16 clubs playing in the Premier Division, life skills and leadership development for players, live coverage of the matches produced by interns, scholarships for players and production interns, as well as free broadcast rights of the matches by community television channels on DStv. Imtiaz Patel. The groundbreaking initiative is a three-year partnership with the PSL with the focus on building the PSL’s Reserve League in order to fast track the clubs’ under 23 players into their first teams. Teams are also allowed to field a maximum of three players over the age of 23 in their starting XI. The new format will be a 16-team league with each club playing every other club once. The club with the most points (that is, the team at the top of the log table) at the end of the tournament’s match day 15, will become the champions of MultiChoice Diski Challenge season 2. Live matches of the MultiChoice Diski Challenge will be broadcast primarily on SuperSport Select (DStv channel 210) and SuperSport 4 HD (DStv channel 204), depending on channel schedule.

It looks increasingly likely that Mamelodi Sundowns will finally cash in on Nyasha Mushekwi amid growing interest in the Zimbabwean striker. Mushekwi is currently on loan at Swedish Allsvenskan club Djurgadens IF, where he has scored 12 goals in 18 starts. The 28 year-old’s loan deal there expires at the end of the Swedish season in October, but a string of clubs from Asia, Europe and Africa have already shown interest to sign him permanently. Sundowns apparently have a transfer fee in mind and will go to bed with whichever club meets their demands, provided Mushekwi is also happy to join that club which will definitely be non-South African. Mushekwi has spent the last two years away on loan at KV Oostende in Belgium and now at Djurgadens, but Sundowns feel now is the best time to cash in on him due to his good form in Sweden, which has increased his value. Sundowns have been receiving offers which they are weighing up, but the player has also made it known that he will not be bullied into joining any club. Though Mushekwi’s priority is to remain in Europe, the better offers have come in from non-European clubs. “Nyasha is aware that the next contract has to be the best of his career to date and so in as much as it should be in a recognised league, it must also make financial sense to him,” says a source. “Sundowns are at a stage where they will take the deal that makes financial sense to them, but Nyasha also has his interests at stake and wouldn’t want to take a risk of going to a country in the middle of a desert with no guarantees that he will get what he is promised.” Egyptian champions Zamalek have been mentioned in recent weeks as a potential destination after reportedly tabling an offer to Sundowns, but his heart is on eventually moving to England - though the requirements of acquiring a work permit there could prove a stumbling block.

Veteran midfielder Esrom Nyandoro is waiting for clarity from Mamelodi Sundowns regarding his future at the club. Nyandoro, who gave 11 years of service to Sundowns, is training on his own after his contract was not renewed at the end of last season. The 35-year-old says he was initially offered a job by the Brazilians but the position is yet to be finalised.

Orlando Pirates have handed midfielder Lwazi Skosana his clearance. Skosana is now training with Africa Sport Youth Academy under the watchful eye of Mamelodi Sundowns legend Harold 'Jazzy Queen' Legodi. Pirates loaned Skosana to Polokwane City last season but the player failed to make an impact at Rise and Shine. Bucs signed Skosana in January 2014.

Togolese defender Sadate Ouro Akoriko has joined Saudi outfit Al Faisaly FC from AmaZulu. Akoriko, who completed the move after having a medical last Friday, wished Usuthu well on their bid for a swift return to the Premier Soccer League. “I believe in all the players in the team, I think they can perform well and bring the team back into the PSL," Ouro Akoriko told the club's website. He added: “I know the senior players like Robyn [Johannes], Marc [van Heerden], Ayanda [Dlamini], 'Deco' [Goodman Dlamini] and Energy [Murambadoro] can push these young boys in the team to work hard.” The ex-Free State Stars man scored two goals in 23 starts in all competitions in 2014/15.

Ajax Cape Town striker Prince Nxumalo has regained consciousness and is in a stable condition in intensive care after suffering from an epilepsy attack. The 25-year-old was transferred to the general ward of Milpark Netcare Hospital on Monday, and is expected to be discharged soon. Prince was set to start in Sunday afternoon's MTN8 semi-final with Bidvest Wits in Johannesburg, but had to be rushed to hospital in the early hours of the morning.

Kaizer Chiefs have officially announced the signing of Chippa United striker Edward Manqele on a three-year deal. “We would like to welcome new Glamour Boy Edward Manqele on a three-year deal. Welcome to the Amakhosi Family #KCExcel,” the club tweeted from their official account. Coach Steve Komphela has faith that Manqele will prove his worth at Naturena.  Komphela previously worked with the striker at Free State Stars. “Of course, I know him very well when we worked together at Free State Stars," Komphela said on the club's website. Our technical team thoroughly checked Manqele’s performance in Chippa United’s 4-0 win over Tuks. He played very well and gave a fine performance. That shows that he’s ready, especially considering his declaration after having signed: ‘I am home’.”

SA players abroad round-up: Mandla Masango scored on debut, Dino Ndlovu hit a hat-trick, Ayanda Patosi was dropped to the bench, while Tokelo Rantie sat out again in Europe on the weekend.

KAGISHO DIKGACOI
Dikgacoi was a star performer again for Cardiff City in their 2-1 English Championship success at Nottingham Forest.
ANDILE JALI
Jali faced defeat for the first time this season as KV Oostende lost 2-0 at home to Zulte-Waregem. The Bafana midfielder played the first 74 minutes before being replaced.
DARREN KEET
Keet kept his third clean-sheet in four games as Kortrijk won 1-0 away at Mouscron-Péruwelz.
SERGIO MARAKIS
Marakis made his debut for Ermis in Cyprus after he came off the bench in the 1-1 draw at Aris. He was formerly at Portuguese side Maritimo.
MANDLA MASANGO
Former Kaizer Chiefs winger Masango netted a fine goal on debut for Danish side Randers after coming off the bench in the 33rd minute. A great start to his career in Europe.
KAMOHELO MOKOTJO
Mokotjo was again on the losing side as his FC Twente team lost 2-0 at Heracles in the Dutch league. They have just a single point from four games.
DINO NDLOVU
Ndlovu scored a hat-trick for Anorthosis Famagusta as they won 3-1 at Nea Salamis, with two of the goals coming from the penalty-spot. He limped off after 69 minutes though after picking up a knock.
RICARDO NUNES
Nunes played for Pogoń Szczecin as they moved up to third in the Polish league with a 1-1 draw at Korona Kielce.
AYANDA PATOSI
Patosi dropped to the bench after skipping training in midweek but was introduced for Lokeren after 55 minutes. His side lost 2-1 at home to Waasland-Beveren.
LEBOGANG PHIRI
Phiri played for Brondby as they won 2-0 away at FC Nordsjaelland. 
SURPRISE RALANI
Ralani netted the final goal as Lyngby thumped FC Helsingør 4-0 in the Danish second tier. It was also his first start of the season.
TOKELO RANTIE
The Bafana Bafana striker was again left out of the match-day 18 as Bournemouth were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Leicester City in the English Premier League.
LUTHER SINGH
Winger Singh has made a fine start to life at Swedish second-tier side GAIS, but could not help his team avoid slipping to a 1-0 defeat at Assyriska.