Anele Ngcongca has been ruled out with an injury and will not be part of South Africa's back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo-Brazzaville, coach Shakes Mashaba said in Rustenburg on Tuesday.
Anele Ngcongca recovered sufficiently from the injury that kept him out of Bafana Bafana duty against Congo to play the full 90 minutes for his Belgian club Genk at the weekend.
The right-back did not link up with the national team for the double-header against the central African side after his club said he was injured, but looked sprightly enough in helping his team take a 2-0 lead inside five minutes and go on to beat Westerlo 3-1.
There was still no place in the Lokeren match-day 18 for Ayanda Patosi who continues to be sidelined as he battled weight issues.
After a stinging verbal attack from his coach Peter Maes recently, his club tried to limit the fallout from the criticism of the Bafana attacking midfielder’s attitude and weight, and said he was working hard with a personal trainer to get back in shape.
It seems he still has some way to go to be considered for the first team.
One player who did find himself back in the first-team mix, albeit in disappointing circumstances, was midfielder Daylon Claasen, who played his first minutes since the end of August for German Bundesliga II side 1860 Munich.
Claasen was introduced at halftime as his struggling side lost 4-1 at Erzgebirge Aue.
It was a much happier weekend for youngster Lebogang Phiri, who started for Danish side Brondby as they thumped Vestsjlland 5-0, their biggest win in three years.
Nana Ntuli was in the Jong FC Twente side that lost 2-0 to Roda JC in the Dutch second-tier on Monday.
It was a mostly ropey old time for South Africans in Sweden over the last few days.
May Mahlangu started for Swedish side Goteborg in their 3-2 victory over Hacken that keeps them on course for qualification for the UEFA Europa League next season.
Whether Mahlangu is at Goteborg to enjoy that campaign will likely be decided this week when he discussed his future with the club ahead of the expiry of his current contract at the end of the year.
But Mark Mayambela played a half as his Djurgardens side were thumped 3-0 by Orebro, with no place in the match-day 18 for Xolani Mdaki, while Ayanda Nkili sat on the bench for Orebro.
Junaid Sait was an unused sub for Flakenbergs as they won 2-0 at home to Helsingborg, while in the second tier Ebrahim Seedat played the final six minutes as his Degerfors side lost 4-2 at Jnkpings Sdra.
Finally, Joel Untersee played for Swiss league side FC Vaduz as they were held 0-0 by bottom side Luzern.