SA Players Abroad: Goals for Lebo Mothiba, Percy Tau, Keaghan Jacobs and Lars Veldwijk


The South African duo squared off in Belgium as Royale Union Saint-Gilloise hosted Westerlo, with both Abrahams and Tau named in their respective starting line-ups. Yet it was Tau who was the star of the show: after hitting the post in the first half, Tau’s quick closing down in the opposition half helped win possession before he slotted home with his left foot to open the scoring and net his first league goal of the season. He then played a hand in winning a penalty as Saint-Gilloise won 2-0 to maintain top spot in the standings after nine games, while Westerlo sit fifth.

Cele featured in his fourth league game for Cova de Piedade, coming on as a late substitute as his side played out a 0-0 draw with Benfica II, leaving them 15th on the log after six games.

In his fifth start of the season, Jacobs netted the first Scottish top-flight goal of his career, smashing home a superbly-placed free-kick as Livingston drew 1-1 with Motherwell, leaving them fifth on the log after eight games.

Jacobs started his eighth consecutive game as Queen of the South played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Alloa Athletic, the result leaving them sixth on the log after eight games.

The forward made his fifth start of the season, playing 45 minutes in Farense’s 1-0 loss to top-of-the-table Pacos de Ferreira which leaves them ninth after six games.

Mfeka came on as a late substitute as Reno 1868 played out a goalless draw with Phoenix Rising, with Reno dropping down one place to sixth on the USL Western Conference log after 33 games.

Brentford’s winless streak extended to six games as they played out a third draw in a row, sharing the spoils with Leeds in a 1-1 stalemate. Mokotjo played the full 90 minutes in just his third start of the campaign, with Brentford sitting seventh in the Championship after 12 games.

Mothiba’s recent hot streak continued as the young South African netted his first brace for Strasbourg, who took a 2-0 half-time lead in their Ligue 1 clash against Angers. Mothiba’s hard work was undone in the second half however, with Angers netting a stoppage-time leveller as the match ended 2-2. Strasbourg now sit ninth on the log after nine games.

Ndlovu played the full 90 minutes in his 21st start of the season as Chinese club Zhejiang Greentown played out a goalless draw with Shijiazhuang Ever Bright, leaving them second on the log, nine points adrift of leaders Wuhan Zall.

Pogon Szczecin won back-to-back games for the first time this season, thumping Wisla Plock 4-0, with Nunes playing 50 minutes in his 11th game of the season. Szczecin are now up to 10th on the log after 11 games.

Phete made his sixth start of the season, playing the entire match as his Portuguese Second Division club Vitoria Guimaraes II earned a hard-fought 2-1 away win at Varzim, leaving them 11th on the table after six games.

Phiri was an unused substitute as ten-man Guingamp rallied from a goal and man down to draw 1-1 with Montpellier, with compatriot Keagan Dolly still out injured. The draw leaves Phiri’s side rock-bottom, while Montpellier lie fourth.

Serero started his eighth league game of the season as Vitesse put four past Heracles in a comfortable 4-0 win which leaves them fifth on the log after eight games.

'Shabba' made his fourth appearance for Erzurumspor, coming on for the last eight minutes as his side earned their first win of the season, beating Alanyaspor 1-0. They are still bottom of the log, but now level on points with 17th-placed Akhisarspor after eight games.

Veldwijk bagged his fourth goal of the season for Dutch second division club Sparta Rotterdam as they drew 2-2 with Go Ahead Eagles, as they remain fourth on the log after eight matches.