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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Santos v Black Leopards
Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams is preparing for a busy end-of-year run-in, starting with an intriguing encounter against Black Leopards at Athlone Stadium on Saturday evening. The People's Team play four of their next five National First Division matches in Cape Town ahead of the holiday break - including three local derbies, and come into this tie highly motivated following a narrow loss to Witbank Spurs on the road last time out. They will be hoping to maintain an unbeaten home record though, and speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za in the lead up to this match, Abrahams revealed his side have prepared well for their opponents. He said: "This is the start of a hectic period of three games in one week followed by three Cape derbies. "We are gearing up for some tough battles but remain confident of keeping our unbeaten home record intact when we meet Leopards." He added: "It's going to be an exciting encounter because they like to play a short passing game so our defending has to be compact and the boys have been alerted to strike with swift counters should they push with too many players forward. "We are forced into some changes due to injuries but such is the spirit in the camp that all the players are hungry to come in and make the difference." In team news, Keenon Blignaut is expected to continue in goal for Santos this weekend as Pa Dembo Touray overcomes a slight knock, as midfidler Size Nyambi remains suspending following his dismissal, and Xolani Mabaso and Faizel Johnson are long-term casualties. Leopards, meanwhile, only have new recruit Jonathan King sidelined with Coach Joel Masutha telling the clib's official website that he intends to use this match to "reignite the club’s campaign against Santos" following some indifferent results. Lidoda Duvha come into this match in ninth place just two points behind Santos with their last result, a 1-1 draw with Highlands Park. Santos Fixtures to the end of 2014 Wednesday, November 26, 2014 19:30 Santos v Highlands Park, Athlone Stadium Saturday, November 29, 2014 15:30 Baroka FC v Santos, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium Friday, December 05, 2014 19:30 Milano United AFC v Santos, Philippi Stadium Friday, December 12, 2014 19:30 Santos v Vasco Da Gama, Athlone Stadium Friday, December 19, 2014 19:30 Santos v FC Cape Town, Athlone Stadium By Trevor Kramer
Nov 21st, 2014 - 16:20
Mabua ready to terrorise defences
Tshepo Mabua is delighted to be once again fighting for his place in the Santos team following a long lay-off after injuring his big toe! The 20-year-old, who was one of the club's best performers throughout the whole of last season, has shown only glimpses of his exceptional talent in matches this term. But having overcome an uncomfortable knock; returning from eight weeks on the side-lines with a starting berth in the narrow loss to Witbank Spurs last time out, the flying wide man is eager to up his fitness and increase his effectiveness for the People's Team. Speaking ahead of the clash against Black Leopards at Athlone Stadium on Saturday night he said: "It's always tough to be on the side-lines. "It's OK when we are winning and playing well, but we've been losing on the road this season which is a bad habit we have to break." He added: "But having said that, we have been playing well at home and the guys are determined to keep that run going." Mabua felt he didn't perform at his best in the defeat to Spurs, as a result of a lack of fitness; something that he has been working hard on during this international break. "This break was good for me because I was able to work on my fitness. I still need game time to improve my fitness but I definitely see a big difference." And looking ahead to the Leopards game, he added: "It will be a tough game as they are a big team and have been winning games. They have a similar record to us, but with our strong squad and strong home support, I'm sure we'll win this one!" By Trevor Kramer
Nov 21st, 2014 - 09:10
Pottier: The boys don't stay down for long
Santos goalkeeper Chad Pottier says the competition for places at the club is what motivates him each day to fight for his chance. The 23-year-old former Golden Arrows and Mamelodi Sundowns reserve stopper is behind Pa Dembo Touray and Keenon Blignaut in the pecking order, and says he's happy to be learning from them from the bench - for now! Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za in the build-up to the eagerly-awaited National First Division clash with Black Leopards at Athlone Stadium on Saturday evening, he said: "It's fantastic to be working with such a talented bunch of goalkeepers. "We are a tight group and are very supportive of each other. "If someone is doing well you can only be happy for him, and push him on further because it's the success of the team that is most important." He added: "Hopefully my chance will come. I've been in the match-day squad a couple of times but I'm content right now. I'm not feeling any pressure as long as the team is winning. "I'll just have to be patient and when my chance comes I’ll take it." Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams has shown his faith in youth this season across the field, including in the goalkeeping department with Blignaut having featured in the People's Team's last few matches, giving further encouragement to Pottier that his time will come. "By playing Keenon, the Coach is showing that he believes in young players. He's not afraid to throw them in, especially when the chips are down. If there is an injury Coach is not afraid to put a youngster in the game. "He puts a lot of faith in youngsters which is a good thing." And looking ahead to the Leopards game, he added: "We've got a 100 per cent home record so it's in our favour, and normally when teams come to Cape Town they don't do too well! "I think we are going into this game full of confidence even after losing away (to Witbank Spurs) in out last game because the players are more comfortable at home. "Everyone is positive; they don't stay down for too long, so hopefully if we can get three points here and go into the break near the top and stay in touch with those teams." By Trevor Kramer
Nov 21st, 2014 - 08:38
America: The game was there for the taking
Santos Assistant Coach Keith America has challenged the players to bounce back from their 1-0 loss to Witbank Spurs this past weekend with a combative performance against Black Leopards, at Athlone Stadium next Saturday night. The former People's Team striker admitted that the game was there for the taking after a first half strike by Mogau Tshehla, and while they found the back of the net late on in the second period, it was astonishingly ruled out by the referee. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za after training on Monday, America said: "We didn't take the game by the scruff of the neck even though our opposition was a team that has also been battling for results. "On the whole the game was there for the taking even after being rudely interrupted by thunderstorms and lightning. "We had about a 30 minute break before starting the game again midway through the second half and while we came back well, a goal eluded us." When quizzed about the Spurs goal where Brian Onyango appeared to be obstructed in his attempts to reach the ball, Coach America added: "Brian was impeded before getting to the ball but at the end of the day our instructions were to play cover defence, so Brian should have had cover behind him." And on the disallowed goal, he explained: "We scored and no one could explain why the goal was disallowed. I'm sure that will be one of the points that they look at when they review the game. "But obviously that is no excuse and we could have won the game or we could have at least picked up a point." And looking ahead to the Leopards game, he concluded: "We had a good chat with the guys this morning. They know they have to look at themselves in the mirror and come up with answers. "You don't need Messi's to win this league you need players that can graft for you, players with a strong mentality. "We've got a strong bunch here so we'll regroup and look to come back against Leopards." By Trevor Kramer
Nov 10th, 2014 - 15:25
MATCH REPORT: Spurs sneak past Santos
Santos Football Club suffered a 1-0 defeat to Witbank Spurs in a National First Division clash at the Puma Rugby Stadium on Saturday afternoon. A first-half Mogau Tshehla goal separated the two sides and proved enough to hand the hosts all three points. Coming off the back of a first away win over Garankuwa United, the People's Team started the match brightly with 18-year-old winger Iqraam Rayners lively on the right flank as he outstripped his man to win an early corner. Suhayl Allie whipped in his delivery to the near post with the Spurs defence struggling to clear their lines before conceding a second corner - but after some nervy moments they were finally able to hack clear the danger. Spurs though were not to be underestimated and the Mubayiwa twins (Patrick and Peter) harassed the Santos defence early on, but it was Cleopas Dube who was next to try his luck. The Zimbabwean got a shot away from the edge of the box on 12 minutes, however, he only succeeded in steering his effort wide of the target. A long throw-in from the right caused some consternation in the visitors' 18-yard area before Martin Moonsamy and Handsome Sibanda contrived to clear, while a storming run down the left-flank from debutant Shaheed Mobara was eventually brought to a halt by a determined Stars defence as Sibanda proved his worth by stopping Dube from getting a shot away as he raced into the Santos goalmouth. Keenon Blignaut was well placed to steer away a deep cross from the right as Thulasizwe Ndlovu stooped to head home on 28 minutes efore bThabang Klaas tried the spectacular with a bicycle kick from the edge of the area that ended up in the goalkeeper's arms. Allie then forced Spurs keeper Luvo Nkala into a double stop from his driven free-kick while more good set-piece approach play involving the young Santos striker forced on-loan Orlando Pirates defender Vusi Mthimkhulu into a diving headed clearance from in front of the poles. And while Onyango did well to quell a number of Spurs attacks, he could do nothing to prevent Tshehla from volleying home the only goal of the match with 44 minutes on the clock. A weighted Sibusiso Mbonani ball floated over the head of Sibanda, with Onyango seemingly blocked off by Dube as he attempted to reach the ball, allowed Tshehla to break free inside the box and smash home past Blignaut. Piere Kok replaced Mobara at the start of the second half as Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams looked to find a way back into the game. But it was the hosts who had the best first chance of the second stanza as Ndlovu hit the cross bar with a dipping effort from outside the box after winning the ball in midfield. Carl Lark replaced Rayners with 50 minutes played and the substitutions started to have an impact as Santos upped the tempo. Calls for a penalty were waved away before Lark saw his 57th minute shot well blocked by Sihle Mpuqa en route to goal. An Allie free-kick then flew over the Spurs goal before Sibanda fired wide after pressing forward for another good Allie set-piece. Sibanda came even closer with a header from Kok's delivery before Nkala was forced to pluck the ball out of the air from Tshepo Mabua who had floated in a good ball after latching onto a defence spitting pass from Fagrie Lakay. But with roughly 20 minutes of the game remaining the referee halted play as lighting threatened the venue. And just when it seemed like the game would be abandoned, the match resumed at the eMalahleni stadium. Television viewers were unable to witness the People's Team's late press for an equaliser as our national broadcaster switched over to its regular viewing, but those at the ground saw a Santos goal disallowed before a second penalty appeal, this time for handball, was also waved away, with Spurs ultimately claiming a very valuable three points. The result leaves Santos in eighth place with 14 points from 10 games, some eight points adrift of league leaders Golden Arrows, with Spurs jumping up to seventh, also on 14 points. By Trevor Kramer
Nov 8th, 2014 - 19:49
BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Witbank Spurs v Santos
Santos travel to eMalahleni for a National First Division clash with Witbank Spurs at the Puma Rugby Stadium on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 15:30. The People's Team have been out of action since defeating Garankuwa United 2-1 in Pretoria almost two weeks ago and are eager to build on that first away win with another positive result on the road. All ABSA Premiership and NFD clubs took a break from competitive action as the country mourned the passing of Senzo Meyiwa, meaning Santos' postponed clash with Highlands Park at Athlone Stadium will now take place on Wednesday, November 26 at 19:30. Farouk Abrahams' side, meanwhile, come into this tie in seventh place with 14 points from nine matches, some five points off league leaders Golden Arrows, while Spurs, who lost 3-0 to Jomo Cosmos in their last clash, are currently in ninth place with 11 points from their nine matches played. And speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za after training on Friday morning, the Head Coach says he is targeting nothing less than all three points this weekend, especially as he has a number of players back in the fold after they missed the last match. He said: "We have a number of regulars back for this match and are hopeful of building positively on our first away win two weeks ago. "It's all about mind-sets in the NFD because all the teams appear to be of similar strength. "The boys know the value of away points and given our excellent home record to date we are confident of moving further up the ladder towards our promotion target." One of the players returning is Fagrie Lakay, and Abrahams is expecting a big performance from the young striker. "Fagrie returns after suspension and he owes us a big one. His continued selection to the Bafana squad should be more than enough motivation to deliver the goods against Witbank Spurs." The last time the two sides faced off in Witbank, Santos emerged victorious and leading up to this match, Captain Mbonani Sibusiso told his club's official website: "Mistakes and challenges encountered last season are no longer part of the picture now. We have a new squad and ambitious to deliver positive results this coming Saturday." In other team news, Santos stopper Pa Dembo Touray remains side-lined with a minor knock, as does Xolani Mabaso and Faizel Johnson, while new signing Shaheed Mobara will be looking to play some part in this match after signing from Vasco Da Gama last week. By Trevor Kramer
Nov 7th, 2014 - 10:49
Lakay in Shakes' latest Bafana squad
Santos striker Fagrie Lakay has been called up to Shakes Mashaba's latest Bafana squad, for the final two 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, against Sudan on 15 November and Nigeria four days later. The 17-year-old was rewarded for his performances in the junior South African sides, with his first call up for the qualifiers against Congo Brazzaville, although he played no part in the matches - but has once again been named as Shakes continues to expose young players to the rigours of national football. The full Bafana squad is as follows: Goalkeepers: Darren Keet, Siyabonga Mpontshane, Brilliant Khuzwayo. Defenders: Erick Mathoho, Tefu Mashamaite, Rivaldo Coetzee, Sibusiso Khumalo, Anele Ngcongca, Kwanda Mngonyama, Luvolwethu Mpeta, Siyabonga Nhlapo, Ntsikelelo Nyauza. Midfielders: Thulani Serero, Dean Furman, Andile Jali, Oupa Manyisa, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Mandla Masango, Themba Zwane, May Mahlangu, Fagrie Lakay. Strikers: Bongani Ndulula, Tokelo Rantie, Kermit Erasmus, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Sibusiso Vilakazi.
Nov 4th, 2014 - 12:14
New signing Mobara talks to thepeoplesteam
Versatile defender Shaheed Mobara is working hard to regain his match fitness following his switch to the People's Team last week. The 24-year-old, who came up through the ranks of Ajax Cape Town and also counts WP United and Milano as two of his former clubs, had been without a team since leaving Vasco Da Gama at the beginning of the season. After signing for the People's Team on Friday, the talented young player revealed the importance of getting some game time under his belt, having missed the first part of the 2014 National First Division campaign. And speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za shortly after signing a contract with the club, he said: "It's great to have signed for Santos. "There are a lot of guys here that I know well; guys that I played with and against over the years who I have already started to build relationships with on and off the field." When asked about how the set-up differed to what he was used to at Ajax and Vasco , he said: "It's the type of environment I am used to; it's very welcoming and very friendly. "I'm really enjoying myself although I am still settling in and finding my feet." He added: "The training sessions are good, the competitiveness is there and I like the high intensity. "My fitness is obviously not on the same level as the other guys because I haven't been playing, but I've already spoken to the fitness trainer and we are going to work on getting my fitness back." And when quizzed about his new coach, he said: "The coaching methods are similar to what I'm used to. Coach Farouk is always motivating the guys, trying to get the best out of them. "I've not experienced it yet, but from what I hear, he's also quite a strict disciplinarian which is good because it keeps the players on their toes. "If the coach isn't strict then sometimes the players take advantage of that but to me the players here seem to be very disciplined. "There are obviously times when you can makes jokes, but then there is also time to be serious." And finally when asked about his ambitions for the season, he concluded: "I want to play as many games as possible. "This will be my fourth season in the NFD so I would like to help the team secure promotion and get a taste PSL football!" By Trevor Kramer
Nov 3rd, 2014 - 10:14
Log Standings
National First Division
# Team Name Pld. Gd. Pts.
1 Golden Arrows 10 8 22
2 Jomo Cosmos 11 10 20
3 Milano United 10 7 19
4 Thanda Royal Zulu 11 8 17
5 FC Cape Town 11 6 17
6 Santos FC 11 0 17
7 Vasco Da Gama 11 -3 16
8 Baroka FC 11 1 14
9 Witbank Spurs FC 11 0 14
10 African Warriors 11 -6 13
11 Black Leopards 11 1 12
12 Royal Eagles 10 -3 10
13 Highlands Park 10 -3 10
14 Cape Town All Stars 11 -6 10
15 Garankuwa United 11 -4 8
16 Maluti College 11 -16 4
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Fixtures
Aug 23rd, 2014 - 15:00
FC Cape Town
NFD
Away
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MATCH REPORT: Santos suffer opening day defeat
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Aug 29th, 2014 - 19:30
Maluti College
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Santos too smart for Maluti
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Sep 13th, 2014 - 15:00
African Warriors
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Santos held by Warriors
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Sep 19th, 2014 - 19:30
Royal Eagles
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Santos clip Royal Eagles
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Sep 27th, 2014 - 15:00
Golden Arrows
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Santos downed in Durban
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Oct 3rd, 2014 - 19:30
Thanda Royal Zulu
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Santos too strong for Thanda
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Oct 18th, 2014 - 15:30
Jomo Cosmos
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Santos unlucky on the road
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Oct 24th, 2014 - 19:30
Cape Town All Stars
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Santos and All Stars share the spoils
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Oct 29th, 2014 - 19:30
Garankuwa United
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Santos record first away win
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Nov 9th, 2014 - 15:30
Witbank Spurs FC
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MATCH REPORT: Spurs sneak past Santos
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Nov 22nd, 2014 - 19:30
Black Leopards
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Nov 26th, 2014 - 19:30
Highlands Park
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Nov 29th, 2014 - 15:30
Baroka FC
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Dec 5th, 2014 - 19:30
Milano United
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Dec 12th, 2014 - 19:30
Vasco Da Gama
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Results
Sep 14th, 2013 - 15:00
Thanda Royal Zulu
NFD
Away
After unfortunately missing a penalty in the sixth minute, Santos managed to still put one in the net, courtesy of Greg Roelf, to register their first three points of the new NFD season.
Notoane reflects on Thanda victory
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Sep 18th, 2013 - 15:00
Vasco Da Gama
NFD
Home
Santos were held to a 0-0 draw against local rivals Vasco Da Gama in a rearranged National First Division match at the Grassy Park Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Santos held in Cape derby
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Sep 28th, 2013 - 15:00
Maluti College
NFD
Away
This fixture will be broadcast on SABC 1, with a kick-off time of 15h00. Tune in and get behind The Peoples' Team as they go in search of a second victory.
The People's Team held by Maluti
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Oct 4th, 2013 - 19:30
Black Leopards
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Santos held by Leopards
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Oct 20th, 2013 - 15:30
United FC
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Away
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Notoane praises resilient Santos
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Oct 23rd, 2013 - 19:30
Sivutsa Stars
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Allie slams home late winner
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Oct 26th, 2013 - 19:30
Milano United
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Santos held by Milano
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Nov 3rd, 2013 - 15:30
FC Cape Town
NFD
Away
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Santos too strong for African Beasts
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Nov 8th, 2013 - 19:30
Jomo Cosmos
NFD
Home
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The People's Team share the spoils with Ezenkosi
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Nov 23rd, 2013 - 15:30
Roses United
NFD
Away
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Allie sends Roses packing!
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Nov 27th, 2013 - 19:30
African Warriors
NFD
Home
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Santos make it two wins on the trot
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Nov 30th, 2013 - 15:30
Baroka FC
NFD
Away
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Santos suffer last-gasp defeat
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Dec 7th, 2013 - 19:30
Witbank Spurs FC
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Santos suffer late heart-break at home to Spurs
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Dec 18th, 2013 - 19:30
Chippa United
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Santos cruise into Nedbank Cup last 32
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Dec 21st, 2013 - 18:00
Blackburn Rovers
NFD
Away
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Santos held by Rovers in PE
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