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Wed Apr 16 18:00:46 SAST 2014

Kagisho right as rain after injury scare

Nick Said | 20 September, 2012 06:160 Comments
Kagisho Dikgacoi of Crystal Palace celebrates his goal against Nottingham Forest at Selhurst Park in London on Tuesday
Image by: CLIVE ROSE / GALLO IMAGES

BAFANA midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi is out of hospital after suffering a nasty clash of heads in an eventful appearance for English Championship side Crystal Palace against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

Dikgacoi was placed in a neck brace and stretchered off after 67 minutes before being rushed to hospital when the Palace medical staff wanted him checked.

He had earlier scored his fourth goal in just six games for the second-tier side this season, putting his team ahead just after halftime.

It followed his goal against Charlton Athletic at the weekend that gave Palace their first win at their London rivals in 44 years.

He headed home a corner five minutes after halftime against Forest and has now more than doubled his career goals tally for the club from the start of the season.

Dikgacoi netted just three times in 44 appearances for the club in his first 18 months with the team, putting into context his excellent return of four in six appearances during this campaign.

Meanwhile, Kgosi Ntlhe returned to the Peterborough United starting lineup after he was rested at the weekend, but he could not help his side land their first point of the season.

United suffered their seventh defeat in a row in all competitions with a 2-1 home loss to Bristol City.

Dean Furman had another disappointing result in an Oldham Athletic shirt as his side were held to a 1-1 home draw by Scunthorpe United in League One.

In Holland, Bafana playmaker Thulani Serero had to settle for a place on the bench as Ajax Amsterdam lost 1-0 at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. He will now be looking forward to the home meeting with Real Madrid on October 3.

Football authorities need to do more to combat racism in the British game and urge candidates from different backgrounds to apply for prominent roles in the sport, a UK report said yesterday.

The report, published by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, criticised clubs for lacking a transparent way of reporting incidents of racist behaviour at the same time as praising the improvement in atmosphere at matches compared to the 1970s and 1980s.

High-profile racism cases involving Chelsea defender John Terry and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez blighted English football last season.

But Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson emphasised yesterday that these incidents shouldn't obscure the positive work that has taken place over the past two decades.

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