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Thu Apr 24 01:44:20 SAST 2014

Dikgacoi scores for Palace as other South Africans are rested

NICK SAID | 16 September, 2012 19:040 Comments
Crystal Palace v Birmingham City - npower Championship
Kagisho Dikgacoi (R) of Palace is congratulated by teammates after scoring the first goal of the game during the npower Championship match between Crystal Palace and Birmingham City at Selhurst Park on December 19, 2011 in London, England
Image by: Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images

A number of South Africans were rested by their clubs after returning from national team duty with Bafana Bafana this past weekend.

But having been released early by national coach Gordon Igesund and allowed to miss the win over Mozambique last Tuesday, Kagisho Dikgacoi scored the winner for English Championship side Crystal Palace on Friday night as they won 1-0 away at London rivals Charlton Athletic.

It was an excellent goal too, the Bafana star thumping the ball home from 12 yards.

Kgosi Ntlhe was left out of the Peterborough United squad in their 5-2 loss to Burnley that made it five losses from five this season for the team. Manager Darren Ferguson was worried he would be fatigued after his travels with the national side that only saw him return to England on Thursday.

Dean Furman did play for League One Oldham Athletic though as they were held to a 2-2 draw by division leaders Notts County.

South African-born Andrew Surman was back in the Norwich City starting line-up for their English Premiership 0-0 draw with West Ham. Steven Pienaar is likely to be fit for Everton’s game against Newcastle United tonight.

Darren Keet was again in goals for his Belgian Jupiler League side Kortrijk as they drew 1-1 at home to leaders Club Brugge, while Ayanda Patosi was a key influence again for Lokeren and helped them to an excellent 1-0 away win at Cercle Brugge.

Anele Ngcongca, of Genk, and the Lierse duo of Daylon Claasen and Lance Davids, all missed out through injury.

In Holland, Thulani Serero missed Ajax Amsterdam’s 2-0 home win over Waalwijk through suspension, while Kamohelo Mokotjo, who earned his first Bafana cap last Tuesday against Mozambique, was not in the Feyenoord match day squad as they defeated Zwolle by the same scoreline.

May Mahlangu was chosen for Helsingborg though as they thumped Sandsvall 4-0 in the Swedish league.

Finally, Dino Ndlovu was missing for Israeli side Maccabi Haifa as he nursed the dislocated shoulder he sustained against Brazil on his national team debut.

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