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South African Players Based Abroad

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It was a hugely disappointing weekend for SA players abroad.

This is how results panned out for their respective teams.

Kurt Abrahams

Abrahams came up against his South African compatriot Percy Tau in the Belgian Second Division, and was on target as Westerlo claimed a well-deserved 2-0 win over Tau’s Royale Union Saint-Gilloise side.

Keagan Dolly

Despite still sidelined with injury, Dolly’s Montpellier moved up to sixth on the French Ligue 1 table with a resounding 2-0 success over Caen.

Lebo Mothiba

‘Lebo’ came on in the 60th minute for his French Ligue 1 outfit RC Strasbourg who scored late to beat Bordeaux 1-0, moving them to fifth on the log standings after 22 matches.

Lars Veldwijk

Still locked at 17 goals in 22 outings, Veldwijk made the starting line-up but could not help Rotterdam claim all maximum points as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Telstar in the Dutch second-tier.

Kyle Jacobs

Jacobs featured for 90 minutes but was on the losing side for Queen of the South who suffered a narrow 2-1 to Partick Thistle.

Siphiwe Tshabalala

‘Shabba’ was once again an unused sub for Erzurumspor during their 1-1 draw with Besiktas, which saw them stay in the relegation zone.

Thulani Serero

Serero’s Vitesse Arnhem suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Fortuna Sittard in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Lebogang Phiri

Bottom-of the-log Guingamp suffered yet another league defeat, this time going down 1-0 to Reims.

Bongani Zungu

With ‘Ben 10’ still sidelined with injury, his French Ligue 1 outfit Amiens were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Olympique Lyon at home.

Refiloe Jane and Rhoda Mulaudzi

The Banyana Banyana duo were on the receiving end as Canberra United suffered a heavy 4-1 loss to Brisbane Roar in their final match of the campaign.

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Kaizer Chiefs Confirm Exit Of Three Players

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Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed the departure of three first-team players – Hendrick Ekstein, Kgotso Malope and Gustavo Paéz with immediate effect.
Ekstein, whose contract is set to expire in June, has seen his stay at Chiefs come to an end after the club opted to terminate his contract amicably.
The dribbling wizard joined the Amakhosi first team after been promoted from the development structures in October 2013.
Malope has seen little game time since being promoted to the senior team and was sent on loan to Moroka Swallows at some stage to improve his game but also struggled to nail down a starting berth upon his return to Naturena.
Venezuelan forward Paéz joined the Glamour Boys in January 2017 but he equally failed to live up to expectations and will not have his contract renewed.

Football Manager Bobby Motaung has also added that the club will be making further announcements of other players who will be leaving the club and those that will be joining the club ahead of next season.

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PFA Team Of The Year Announced

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Title-chasing Manchester City and Liverpool dominate the 2019 Professional Footballers’ Association’s Team of the Year which was announced on Thursday.

The surprise inclusion was that of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who has been in the centre of the park for the Red Devils, as they slipped to seven defeats in nine matches in all competitions.

City have six players representing the blue side of Manchester while Liverpool has four players in the side.

In another surprise, Mohamed Salah and Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard have been omitted, despite both being on the six-man shortlist for the Players’ Player of the Year award.

The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has named the Premier League Team of the Year for the 2018/2019 season.

PFA Team of the Year:

Goalkeeper

Ederson (Manchester City)

Defenders

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)
Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City)
Andy Robertson (Liverpool)

Midfielders

Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Fernandinho (Manchester City)
Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

Attackers

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Van Dijk scooped the biggest award on the night, the PFA Player’s Player of the Year accolade.

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Former Bidvest Wits Player Papy Faty Dies

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Former Bidvest Wits midfielder Papy Faty has passed on after collapsing during a match in eSwatini.
The 28-year-old was on the books of Malanti Chiefs at the time of his death during a league fixture against Green Mamba at Killarney Stadium in Pigg’s Peak.

The Burundi international has been in the news for some years now after Wits released him because of a heart condition.

Despite doctors orders advising him to quit the game, Faty carried on playing.

While playing for Real Kings in the National First Division he collapsed during a match which prompted the club to terminate his contract.

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