Thulani Serero came off the bench to find the back of the net for Ajax Amsterdam in their 3-1 win over Feyenoord in a KNVB Beker quarterfinal match on Wednesday night, while Kamohelo Mokotjo played the full 90 minutes in PEC Zwolle’s 5-1 quarterfinal win as well.
It was a successful night for South Africans in Holland as both Serero and Mokotjo saw their respective teams progress into the semifinals of their league’s most prestigious local cup competition.
Ajax, though, made it difficult for themselves as they had to come from a goal behind to win their match after Jean-Paul Boetius opened the scoring for Feyenoord seven minutes into the game.
Ajax pulled themselves together and found the equaliser in the 34th minute courtesy of Viktor Fischer.
The second 45 saw Ajax take control of the game and they managed to take the lead in the 68th minute thanks to a Bojan goal.
Serero was introduced in the 73rd minute and made an impact from the moment he stepped on the field. The South African also put the result beyond doubt with his side’s third goal in the 92nd minute.
In the other KNVB Beker quarterfinal match on the night, Mokotjo played the entire match and was a key figure in PEC Zwolle’s 5-1 win over JVC Cuijk.
Mokotjo controlled the midfield battle from the onset and was a constant threat in attack, creating numerous scoring opportunities for his teammates, including the game’s fifth goal.