Top 5 South African footballers who played in Russia!

Russia is currently a no-go area due an ongoing political war taking place between them and Ukraine. The war has been going for over a week.

Lives have been lost and the war doesn’t seem to be nearing the end despite several countries and high-profile figures calling for calm.

Almost all the sporting codes in Russia have been suspended, and football has been hit hard with FIFA having banned the country and its clubs from all football activities.

Russia will no longer be going to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar with Poland given a bye as a result, while Spartak Moscow have been removed from the UEFA Europa League.

For the past two decades, a number of South African players have moved to Russia to play for some of the top teams in that part of the world.

However, it doesn’t look like the trend will continue after this political war.

Now, The South African reminds you of the top five South African footballers who plied their trade in Russia over the last 20 years.

TOP 5 SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTBALLERS TO HAVE PLAYED IN RUSSIA

JACOB LEKGETHO – LOKOMOTIV MOSCOW

The late Lekgetho was one of the first South African players to ply their trade in Russia in the early 2000s.

Lekgetho signed for Lokomotiv Moscow from Moroka Swallows in 2001 where he made 115 appearances, scoring five and recording four assists. He left Lokomotiv Moscow in 2005.

BENNETT MNGUNI – LOKOMOTIV MOSCOW AND ROSTOV

Mnguni joined Lekgetho at Lokomotiv Moscow in 2002 but he would last a season with 14 appearances and two goals to his name.

Mnguni moved to FC Rostov for two seasons between 2003 and 2005 but he left them having featured 37 times, scoring three and assisting in a further two.

MACBETH SIBAYA – FC RUBIN KAZAN

Sibaya played for seven years in Russia after signing for Rubin Kazan in 2003 before returning to South Africa in 2010.

The tough-tackling midfielder left Kazan as a club legend of 182 matches, three goals and seven assists under his belt.

MATTHEW BOOTH – ROSTOV AND KRYLIA SOVETOV

Like Sibaya, Booth spent seven between 2002 and 2009 in Russia playing for two different teams – FC Rostov and Krylia Sovetov – during that period.

Booth played 61 games for Rostov, scoring once and registering four assists during his two-year stay before amassing 120 appearances for Sovetov in his seven-year stint with them.

SIYANDA XULU – ROSTOV

Xulu didn’t have the best of careers in Russia after leaving Mamelodi Sundowns for FC Rostov in 2012.

He first featured for Rostov reserve team before being allowed to play for the first team where he made a mere 34 appearances during his three-year stay.

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