Mixed weekend for overseas stars


Steven Pienaar (Everton, England)Result: 2-0 vs West Ham United (away)Having played the full 90 minutes in the Everton side that defeated West Ham 2-1 in the Carling Cup in midweek to reach the semifinals, Pienaar again played the entire match as the Toffees despatched the Hammers for the second time in four days. Once again the South African was influential, with a few Everton fan sites giving him their Man of the Match award. It is not just his neat distribution and eye for a pass that has Everton fans enthused, but also his work rate and willingness to track back and win the ball. The measure to which he has adapted to life in the English Premiership in such a short space of time has been excellent to see.

Benni McCarthy (Blackburn Rovers, England)Result: 3-5 vs Wigan Athletic (away)Not a good day out for McCarthy. Not only did he see his side concede five goals to struggling Wigan, but he missed a penalty on 22 minutes after goalkeeper Chris Kirkland palmed the ball round the post. He was eventually replaced on 74 minutes by Matt Derbyshire and that’s now no goals in seven games for the Bafana Bafana striker.

Matthew Pattison (Norwich City, England, loan)Result: 1-1 vs Colchester United (away)Played 61 minutes before being replaced by Darren Huckerby and struggled to impose himself on the match against local rivals Colchester. Still, he will be pleased for another start under his mentor Glenn Roeder as his loan from Newcastle United continues.

Glynn Hurst (Bury, England)Result: 0-1 vs Hereford United (away)Returned to the starting line-up, but couldn’t find a goal in the 90 minutes. Has now scored just once this season in 18 appearances. Collected a yellow card.

Rowen Fernandez (Arminia Bielefeld, Germany)Result: 2-0 vs VfB Stuttgart (home)Under new interim coach Detlev Dammeier, who replaced the sacked Ernst Middendorp last week, Bielefeld finally managed a win – and a clean sheet. Fernandez gave an assured display for the German side, making a smart save from Brazilian striker Ewerthon with the scores still level at 0-0 that could have turned the game the other way.

Sibusiso Zuma (Arminia Bielefeld, Germany)Result: 2-0 vs VfB Stuttgart (home)No goal again for Zuma, but he was instrumental in a lot of the good play of Bielefeld and will be pleased with his performance. He had a header go narrowly over the bar, and then laid on the second goal with a neat ball that found Polish striker Artur Wichniarek, who sealed the points. He did pick up a yellow card as well.

Delron Buckley (Borussia Dortmund, Germany)Result: 0-4 vs VfL Wolfsburg (away)Making his first start in five matches (and just his fifth of the season), it was ultimately a disappointing day for Buckley, though none of the blame for the result could be directed at him. He played the full 90 minutes and had a blistering second-half shot saved by the keeper.

Nasief Morris (Panathinaikos, Greece)Result: 0-1 vs Panionios (away)A shock 1-0 defeat for The Greens against their cross-city rivals and Morris played the full 90 minutes, picking up a yellow card in the derby match.

Pierre Issa (OFI Crete, Greece)Result: 2-0 vs Iraklis (home)Was substituted due to a leg injury on 42 minutes but up until then had showed an assured performance.

Glen Salmon (PAOK Salonika, Greece)Result: 0-0 vs Atromitos (away)No goals on a frustrating afternoon for Salmon who was substituted on 86 minutes after having received a yellow card.

Elrio van Heerden (Club Brugge, Belgium)Result: 1-0 vs Anderlecht (home)Continued a run that has seen him feature in the last six games for Brugge since returning from long-term injury (starting the last three), he played the full 90 minutes in an excellent win for his club over Anderlecht to remain three points clear at the top of the Belgium League.

Asanda Sishuba (Sint-Truiden, Belgium)Result: 0-0 vs Mons (away)Came on for the last two minutes but could not help his side claim the win.

Benedict Vilakazi and Siyabonga Nomvete (both Aalborg, Denmark) The Danish season has stopped for the winter break and will resume on March 16, 2008.

Those that did not see action: Aaron Mokoena (Blackburn Rovers, England), Bally Smart (Norwich City, England), Justin Miller (Port Vale, England), Michael Modubi (Westerlo, Belgium), Jeffrey Ntuka (Westerlo, Belgium), Boy-Boy Mosia (Oud-Heverlee Leuven, Belgium), Siyabonga Nkosi (Arminia Bielefeld, Germany), Bradley Carnell (Karlsruher, Germany)