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MATCH REPORT: Santos snatch a point
Santos struck at the death to claim a 1-1 draw from their National First Division clash with Golden Arrows at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Abafana Bes'thende broke the deadlock from the penalty spot through Zukile Mkhize on 76 minutes, but an own goal in second half injury-time from Nkanyiso Mngwengwe ensured the People's Team claimed a share of the spoils and a much-needed point. The hosts were in the ascendancy early on but it was the travelling side that created the first real chance of the match as Santos stopper Keenon Blignaut tipped a Mkhize free-kick onto the cross bar. Arrows goalkeeper Maximilian Mbaeva then did well to smother the ball as Telford Ncusana snuck in at the back post after bringing down a perfectly-time Tyren Arendse ball. At the other end a fortuiotous touch from Cheslyn Jampies kept out the lively Mkhize at the back post as he tried to make the most of a deep cross while Thembela Sikhakhane got up well to deny Ncusana following a good Jampies ball into the box. Sizwe Nyambi hit a volley goalwards on 22 minutes but Mbaeva was equal to the task as Blignaut came off his line well to deny Prince Nxumalo as he strode forward after picking up a superb Sikhakhane through-ball. Former Santos striker Tebogo Masaole headed over the target from a good Mkhize cross on 29 minutes ahead of a number of half-chances for both sides. Masaole may well have the goal he was hoping on the 40 minute mark had Onyango not risen a fraction higher to nod the ball to safety. Nxumalo then came close with a 42nd minute drive while Mngwengwe should have done better late in the half when the ball dropped to him in the box, following a scramble - but he was unable to keep his shot down. Santos were first out of the blocks after the break as Sthembile Ngcamu forced a fine save from Mbaeva, from a Nyambi free-kick, while Masaole glanced a header just wide of the left-hand upright before a Suhayl Allie effort flew narrowly wide of the target. Masaole came even closer with a close-range shot after a good give-and-go in the box before Mkhize forced a smart save from Blignaut with 63 minutes played. Devon Saal thought he was in the money moments later as he raced onto an Arendse through-ball, but Mbaeva was well-placed to snuff out the danger. Arrows Captain Matome Mathiane then headed on to the roof of the Santos goal from a Deon Hotto corner as the league leaders continued their search for an opener. And it duly arrived from the penalty mark in the 76th minute as Mkhize sent Blignaut the wrong way to bury the ball into the bottom left-corner of the net - this after Sachin Dawood had inadvertently handled in the box. Hotto brought the best out of Blignaut in the 83th minute when the second-half substitute may have wrapped up the game - only to see his shot plucked out of the air by the young keeper. Santos raised the tempo in the dying minutes and following a number of floated balls into the box, it was a long-throw from Ngcamu, flicked on by Allie that ended up in the back of the net, after taking a wicked deflection off the unfortunate Mngwengwe. By Trevor Kramer
Mar 4th, 2015 - 19:04
BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Santos v Golden Arrows
Santos are ready to welcome National First Division leaders Golden Arrows to Athlone Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, kick-off 3.30pm. Despite struggling for consistency in results, the People's Team have displayed some encouraging football, especially in recent weeks, and will look to turn that form into a positive result during this eagerly-awaited mid-week tie. And while Santos currently find themselves in 11th place with 24 points from 19 matches, Abafana Bes'thende are top of the pile on 37 points with 11 matches of the season remaining. Such has been Arrows' form that they have lost just two ties all term - a 3-1 loss to Thanda Royal Zulu and an astonishing 5-1 defeat to Cape Town All Stars, although they come into this tie on the back of a 0-0 draw with African Warriors. Santos meanwhile must bounce back from a difficult start to the second round where they have claimed just a point from three games, the last of which saw the People's Team suffer a 2-1 loss to Durban side Royal Eagles. And speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za ahead of the match, Head Coach Farouk Abrahams says his side need to cut out the silly errors that has seen them throw away so many points. He said: "We are looking to bounce back to winning ways after three disappointing results. "Obviously we know all about Golden Arrows; and they are a good, ball playing team so we know what to expect and will adapt our game plan accordingly. "Devon Saal impressed in the Royal Eagles match and will start again against Arrows. His pace down the flanks gives us the momentum in attack we have been looking for." He added: "We have worked a lot on our defensive structure to put a stop to the soft goals we are prone to. "It is disappointing that we always allow teams back into the game when we have the advantage, so that will be our focus this week, as we have found scoring goals at home a lot easier." It won't be easy, however, with Arrows determined to take home all three points. "It's time for the team to start moving away from the rest of the log, and this can only be done by bringing wins home. Full points and aggressive, positive play is what’s needed to ensure that the final objective of obtaining automatic promotion is realised", says the club's official website. In Santos team news, Tyren Arendse faces a late fitness test while long-term injury absentee Xolani Mabaso remains side-lined. By Trevor Kramer
Mar 3rd, 2015 - 11:58
Santos downed in Durban
Santos were unfortunate to suffer a 2-1 loss to Royal Eagles at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on Saturday afternoon. Carl Lark opened the scoring for the free-flowing People's Team in the 17th minute. But a determined Eagles side, who have now won three on the trot, equalised through Seun Ledwaba with 59 minutes played before grabbing the all important second in the 83rd minute through Kabelo Mahlasela. The result see Santos move to 11th with 24 points from 19 games as Eagles jump to 29 points in sixth place on the National First Division standings.
Mar 1st, 2015 - 00:25
BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Royal Eagles v Santos
Santos are back on the road as they prepare to face Royal Eagles at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on Saturday, kick-off 15:30. The People's Team come into this game on the back of a 2-2 draw with African Warriors in a clash that was there for the taking after going two-nil up. But such has been the team's erratic form of late, Santos were unable to claim all three points. And leading up to a massive 'must-win' game this weekend, centre-back Sachin Dawood says nothing less than all three points will do. In 10th place with 24 points from 18 matches played and some 12 points adrift of Golden Arrows at the top of the table, Dawood says the players are focused on re-igniting their promotion challenge. Speaking to thepeoplesteam before jetting off to Durban, he said: "To be two-nil up and then conceding two goals was a massive disappointment. "We made some expensive errors and ended up drawing the game. "The result had a big impact on the players and we are motivated to put things right this weekend against Eagles. "It's a must win game to put us back up there and fight for promotion. "The guys are giving everything in training and the coach has been pushing up to the best of our abilities. "The emphasis this week has been on scoring as well as eradicating individual errors." He added: "Going away is not easy but its a coastal team so the climate shouldn't be a factor. "And starting with this game I think we are going to go on a long winning run. "We play seven of our remaining eleven games at home so there is a great opportunity for us to pick up some much-needed points." In team news, Tyren Arendse faces a late fitness test to be ready for this match after pulling up last time out while Xolani Mabaso remains a long-term injury absentee. By Trevor Kramer
Feb 27th, 2015 - 14:44
Santos SAB take on Jomo Powers
A few people have been asking for fixtures for the Santos SAB (Third Division) side on this site, so here they are! All SAB fixtures are posted on the club's Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/thepeoplesteam, but will now also be posted to this site. If you wish to see any other content here please send your thoughts ans suggestions to me the Editor at trevor.kramer@gmail.com. Have a fantastic sporting weekend As promised, this weekend's fixtures, where Santos will be traveling to Atlantis to take on Jomo Powers. Friday 27 February 2015 SR Blackpool vs Heath Athletic Shelley Road, Salt River 19:30 Saturday 01 March 2015 Bellstar United vs Silver Spurs Symphony Sports Field 15:00 Junction Rovers vs Orient FC Heideveld Sports Field 15:00 Avendale Athletico vs Rebels Hickory Road Turf 15:00 Jomo Powers vs Santos Saxon Sea Sports Field 15:00 Shockwaves vs Battswood Site C Stadium 15:00 Jumbo Giants vs Bayhill United Bayview Sports Field, Milnerton 15:30 Sunday 02 March 2015 Riverside Rangers vs FC Hout Bay United Avonwood Park, Elsies 15:30
Feb 27th, 2015 - 14:10
Saal ready to do battle for Santos
New signing Devon Saal says he's eager to make his mark at Santos having signed from rivals Milano United this week. The 22-year-old former Cape Town All Stars attacker, who began his soccer career with ASD Cape Town, spoke to thepeoplesteam.co.za after training on Friday about his impressions of the club so far and his ambitions for the rest of the season. He said: "These past two days at Santos have been good, and tough as I am not 100 per cent fit. "There are a good bunch of players here and I think I will settle in well." He added: "As a footballer you must put the club's ambitions before your own so I am here to help the club reach the PSL. "But that is also a personal ambition because I also want to play in the Premiership." When quizzed about the differences between Santos and Milano, the versatile midfielder explained: "It is difficult to compare the two club but they do play different styles of football. "Milano prefer more of a slow build up from the back while Santos like to attack with pace." He continued: "I'm a natural number 10 but over the years I've played out wide and I can play up front as well. But it comes down to the coach and where he wants me to play and what he wants from me." And on the club's hope of securing a return to the top-flight of South African soccer, Saal concluded: "There are still 12 games to go and 36 points to play for. And eight of our games are in Cape Town so there is a good chance for us to make up some ground on the top teams. "It comes down to the players though and how bad we want it at the end of the day. "But I think we can do it this season, whether we reach the play-offs or manage to finish higher, I am up for the challenge." By Trevor Kramer
Feb 20th, 2015 - 12:53
Santos snap up exciting midfielder
Santos Football Club are delighted to officially announce the signing of former Milano United midfielder Devon Saal. The People's Team, who are vying for promotion to the ABSA Premiership, have already snapped up Robin Rhode and Morgan Van Rooyen, and are now thrilled to have acquired the services of the talented 22-year-old Saal. Speaking exclusively to thepeoplesteam.co.za, Saal, whose youth teams include ASD Cape Town and Cape Town All Stars says he is excited by this new chapter in his career. He said: "It is an honour and a privilege to sign for Santos. "I am looking forward to the challenge of helping the team win promotion. Personally I will work hard to firstly make the starting eleven and then by giving my all on the field." For the full interview with Devon, log on to thepeoplesteam.co.za on Friday. By Trevor Kramer
Feb 19th, 2015 - 15:30
Santos Launches Under 7 and Under 9 Football Fun Fridays
Santos is launching a fantastic fun initiative for Under 7 and Under 9 soccer players for the 2015 season. Parents are invited to bring their young stars along to the Santos Academy on Friday the 27th of February from 4pm (until 6) for the first of what promises to be an exciting opportunity for those kids looking to get into the beautiful game. Santos has a long history of developing and producing talented soccer players as well as well-rounded individuals, and our coaches will be on hand to guide your talented youngster on the pitch. All those players who attend, that are born between 2006 and 2009, will be registered whereby they will then play tournament style competitions every Friday. For more information please call Ayyoob on 021 696 8195
Feb 16th, 2015 - 15:16
Log Standings
National First Division
# Team Name Pld. Gd. Pts.
1 Jomo Cosmos 20 18 39
2 Golden Arrows 20 10 38
3 Thanda Royal Zulu 20 15 37
4 Cape Town All Stars 20 7 34
5 Milano United 20 8 33
6 Black Leopards 20 4 30
7 Royal Eagles 20 -2 29
8 FC Cape Town 20 5 28
9 Vasco Da Gama 20 0 28
10 Baroka FC 20 3 25
11 Santos FC 20 -5 25
12 Witbank Spurs FC 20 -6 21
13 Highlands Park 20 -12 20
14 African Warriors 20 -12 19
15 Garankuwa United 20 -10 13
16 Maluti College 20 -23 11
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Fixtures
Mar 4th, 2015 - 19:30
Golden Arrows
NFD
Home
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Mar 7th, 2015 - 15:30
Thanda Royal Zulu
NFD
Away
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Mar 14th, 2015 - 19:30
Jomo Cosmos
NFD
Home
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Apr 4th, 2015 - 19:30
Cape Town All Stars
NFD
Away
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Apr 8th, 2015 - 19:30
Garankuwa United
NFD
Home
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Apr 12th, 2015 - 15:00
Highlands Park
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Away
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Apr 18th, 2015 - 19:30
Witbank Spurs FC
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Apr 26th, 2015 - 15:00
Black Leopards
NFD
Away
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Apr 30th, 2015 - 19:30
Baroka FC
NFD
Home
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May 3rd, 2015 - 15:00
Milano United
NFD
Home
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May 10th, 2015 - 15:00
Vasco Da Gama
NFD
Away
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Results
Jan 18th, 2013 - 15:30
Vasco Da Gama
NFD
Away
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.
Arendse wants maximum points!
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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
NFD
Home
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Santos held by Leopards
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Oct 20th, 2013 - 15:30
United FC
NFD
Away
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Notoane praises resilient Santos
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Oct 23rd, 2013 - 19:30
Sivutsa Stars
NFD
Home
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Allie slams home late winner
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Oct 26th, 2013 - 19:30
Milano United
NFD
Home
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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
NFD
Home
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Santos suffer late heart-break at home to Spurs
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Dec 18th, 2013 - 19:30
Chippa United
NFD
Home
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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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Jan 11th, 2014 - 15:30
Vasco Da Gama
NFD
Away
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Santos pay the penalty at Parow Park
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