Bafana stars in Euro action?
Two Bafana Bafana stars could be in European action when their teams compete in the UEFA Europa League tonight.
The competition is reaching the business end with the knockout stages and both Thulani Serero and Anele Ngcongca face challenging ties.
Serero’s Ajax will take on Steaua Bucharest, past winners of the European Cup in the 1985/86 season.
With many of the top Romanian players now plying their trade in the big leagues of Europe, Steaua’s influence on the European game has dwindled since those heady days, but they will still present a stern test for Ajax.
Serero was on the bench for the weekend draw with Roda JC that put a dent in Ajax’s title hopes, but did play for the club’s reserve team on Monday night at Groningen That would suggest he will be on the bench at best in this first leg at home.
Ngcongca and his Belgian side Genk are up against Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart, with the first leg away in Germany.
Genk also played German opposition in the UEFA Champions League group stages last season and managed a credible draw at home to Bayer Leverkusen. They also beat Borussia Dortmund on the away goals rule in the 2004 Intertoto Cup.
Ngcongca is one of South Africa’s most experienced European campaigners ever with his Genk side having featured in UEFA competitions in all but one of the six seasons he had been there, playing 28 matches in the process.