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Thu Apr 24 23:35:52 SAST 2014

Dino double on Haifa debut

NICK SAID | 20 August, 2012 07:000 Comments
Anele Ngcongca of Genk runs with the ball during the Champions League playoff between Genk and Maccabi Haifa at Cristal Arena on August 23, 2011 in Genk, Belgium
Image by: Dino Panato / Getty Images

DINO Ndlovu scored twice on his Maccabi Haifa debut as his new side defeated Bnei Sakhin 6-0 in the Israeli League Cup.

Ndlovu only signed for Haifa from Bnei Yehuda late last week, but made the perfect start with a well-taken second-half brace.

It will give the 22-year-old plenty of confidence with the Israeli League season which is set to start this weekend, with Haifa among the favourites for the title.

The title dreams of May Mahlangu at Helsingborg are all but over after his side lost 2-1 to leaders Elfsborg. The result leaves defending champions Helsingborg 10 points behind their rivals with just a third of the season remaining.

In Belgium, Anele Ngcongca remained at centre back for Genk as they drew 1-1 at Lierse, who were still without leading midfielder Daylon Claasen through injury. There was no sign of former Bafana Bafana star Lance Davids for Lierse either.

Ngcongca has been converted from right back to the centre this season by Genk and has done exceptionally well, according to his club coach, Mario Been.

Ayanda Patosi came on at half-time for Lokeren as they defeated Mechelen 2-1 and laid on the second goal for his side with a wonderful cross that was converted by the Hamdi Harbaoui.

It was not such a good weekend for goalkeeper Darren Keet though as he played in a 2-0 loss for Kortrijk at Zulte-Waregem.

The English Premiership season got off to a dismal start for South African-born Andrew Surman as he was replaced at half-time in Norwich City's 5-0 thrashing at Fulham.

Bafana skipper Steven Pienaar is in action tonight as Everton host Manchester United.

In the English Championship, Kagisho Dikgacoi's Crystal Palace let a late lead slip at home to Watford to lose 3-2. Palace led into the 88th minute, but conceded twice in the dying minutes.

Kgosi Ntlhe made his first Championship start for Peterborough United, in his but his side lost 2-0 at Leicester City.

And Dean Furman skippered League One side Oldham Athletic to a 2-1 victory at home to Carlisle United.

Kamohelo Mokotjo had to settle for a place on the bench as his Dutch side Feyenoord were held to a 1-1 draw by Heerenveen.

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