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Santos lost their first match at home in the National First Division on Wednesday night, going down 2-1 to a determined Highlands Park Team....
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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Santos v Highlands Park
Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams has challenged his side to build on their recent home win with another three points against Highlands Park at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday evening. The People's Team defeated Black Leopards 3-2 on Saturday with goals from Edwin Sitayitayi, Suhaly Allie and Gregory Roelf, to set up the opportunity for successive wins - for the first time this season. While Abrahams' side remain unbeaten at home, they have struggled on the road - and after seeing his charges fight back from being behind against Lidoda Duvha last time out, the Coach told thepeoplesteam.co.za that they intend to show the same spirit that saw them overcome Leopards. He said: "This is a great opportunity for us to achieve successive wins and the boys know how crucial it is to continue our unbeaten home record. "Beating a top team like Black Leopards after being 2-1 down at half-time has had a lot of positive spin-offs. "The team showed tremendous character and focus in that fight-back and more of the same would be key to beating Highlands Park tomorrow night. "From what I've seen, they are a good ball playing side so we will look to take the game to them from the start because we've tended to score early in our home games. "Hopefully Suhayl Allie, Fagrie Lakay and Edwin Sitayitayi will have their scoring boots!" In team news, Sachin Dawood is suspended after picking up a red card against Leopards while Piere Kok is side-lined with a ankle injury, and Faizel Johnson and Xolani Mabaso remain long-term absentees. By Trevor Kramer
Nov 25th, 2014 - 15:55
Lakay keeps Bafana place
Santos striker Fagrie Lakay has kept his place in the Bafana Bafana squad for this weekend's Nelson Mandela Challenge. The South African National team will play host to Cote d'Ivoire at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday. Last year's clash saw African champions Nigeria claim a 2-0 victory over Bafana leaving Shakes Mashaba's squad eager to pull off a result this time around. The full squad: Goalkeepers: Brilliant Khuzwayo, Jackson Mabokgwane, Dumisani Msibi Defenders: Siyabonga Nhlapo, Patrick Phungwayo, Mulomowandau Mathoho, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Kwanda Mngonyama, Ayabulela Magqwaka, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Siyanda Zulu Midfielders: Themba Zwane, Mzikayise Mashaba, Oupa Manyisa, Vuyisile Wana, Fagrie Lakay, Jabulani Shongwe, Bongani Zungu, Asavela Mbekile Strikers: Siyanda Ngubo, Puleng Tlolane, David Zulu, Lerato Lamola
Nov 25th, 2014 - 15:40
Roelf boosted by Leopards winner
Santos attacker Greg Roelf says scoring the winning goal in the 3-2 win over Black Leopards at Athlone Stadium was a huge boost for him as he looks to ignite his season. The 25-year-old, who has been in and out of the People's Team starting line-up this term, popped up with the strike that secured all three points and saw the club move to within just six points of National First Division league leaders Golden Arrows. And speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za ahead of another National First Division clash, against Highlands Park on Wednesday, the tall frontman said: "I came on in the first half with the score 2-1 to Leopards. "The coach made a tactical change by bringing me on and I just went on to the field and did my job; I did what the coach asked of me." He added: "Scoring the winning goal was a boost for me but I was just happy that we won at the end of the day." There is no denying Roelf's undoubted quality, but the Santos Academy product knows he needs to continue to work hard at the mental side of his game to improve his consistency. "I've been working hard to find more consistency in my game by working on my focus. It is important to be strong mentally this game and obviously scoring can only be a good thing!" And going into the Highlands Park game tomorrow night, he added: "I'm aiming for the same level of performance I gave the other night. "I'm ready to do a job for team and play in whatever position or role I'm needed in. "I am looking forward to tomorrow night as the Coach wanted two home games in a row as we haven't won two games back to back so we are looking to do that - and then go to Baroka on the weekend and get another three points!" By Trevor Kramer
Nov 25th, 2014 - 15:29
Ncusana eager to make his mark
Santos striker Telford Ncusana was pleased with his contribution in the 3-2 win over Black Leopards after coming on as a second half substitute. The 23-year-old, who joined the People's Team at the start of the season, was making his home debut at Athlone Stadium on Saturday after playing just a few minutes away to Garankuwa last month. And with the score tied at 2-2, the young frontman added some much needed impetus to the side as he replaced a tiring Edwin Sitayitayi who had earlier made his mark in this match with the opening goal. Despite missing one good headed opportunity, Ncusana's overall performance was massively encouraging and gives Coach Farouk Abrahams an added option in attack. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za after training on Tuesday, the former Cape Town All Stars FC, Mighty Mega Force, Ajax Cape Town and Fire Fighters forward said he was happy with his performance and is eager to get some more game time under his belt. He said: "I was happy with my game. It was my first match at home and all the players gave me encouragement. "The coach also said I did well as I followed his instructions." He added: "I am settled in the squad and it feels good to be pushing for a starting place. "I'll just continue to keep working hard like the coach said to force my way into the team so I can start to score some goals!" By Trevor Kramer
Nov 25th, 2014 - 12:24
Condolences to the Chilwan family
The management, players and staff of Santos FC extend their heartfelt condolences to the family of Mogamat Sedick Chilwan, fondly known as Dicky, following his passing on Monday evening. The Chilwan family were a vital part of the Santos fabric during the club's early days with their invaluable support to the club. We wish the family strength and peace during this difficult time. The Janaazah will take place Tuesday 25th September 2014 starting at 12:30pm from Lady May street, Garlandale. May the Almighty grant him a high place in Jannah. In Sha Allah Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un From Allah we come and to Him is our return
Nov 25th, 2014 - 09:39
Santos edge Lidoda Duvha
Santos made up some ground on the National First Division leading pack with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Black Leopards at Athlone Stadium on Saturday evening. Edwin Sitayitayi opened the scoring after just four minutes with the back of his head as he flicked home a Suhayl Allie delivery before Leonard Ntshangase levelled matters with 22 minutes played. Ntshangase then put the visitors into the lead with only 26 minutes on the clock with a well-taken penalty after Sachin Dawood had fouled the same player inside the box. But Allie popped up with a timely toe-poke shortly after the restart to give Santos some much needed impetus to find a winner - with Gregory Roelf providing the finish on 70 minutes that ultimately handed the People's Team all three points. Despite the early Santos goal, it was Leopards who started the better of the two sides, with Ntshangase the key man throughout the tie. Tyren Arendse had the first real chance of the match though with a pile driver that flew over the target. Cheslyn Jampies then forced Jacob Mokhasi into a good low save to his left before Sitayitayi headed home. There was some controversy over whether the ball had actually crossed the line but referee Eketsang Setloboko eventually awarded the goal. Sanele Mkhize forced Pa Dembo Touray into a low save on 15 minutes after a neat spell of possession by the visitors while Marks Munyai was causing all sorts of problems down the left flank with his runs from deep and pin-point crosses. And with Santos fretting about their left-flank, Ntshangase was able to slot home unchallenged after a neat square past from the opposite side of the park, with 22 minutes played. Leopards then took the lead, four minutes later, as Ntshangase powered his penalty past Touray into the left of the goal after dusting himself off from an unfortunate Dawood trip. Mokhasi denied Jampies from a well-hit free-kick moments later as Sitayitayi came close to an equaliser in the dying seconds of the first half from a Fagrie Lakay delivery - the Bafana Bafana international coming alive at the end of the first stanza with some powerful runs down the right flank. The Santos fans where still returning to their seats with their half-time beverages when Allie bagged a second for the hosts with a toe-poke from close range as the ball dropped to him following a scramble in the box as Mokhasi denied Lakay after an accurate Roelf delivery. Mkhize then fired wide right of the target after being set through by Ntshangase while Roelf just couldn't get enough power on his free header from the edge of the box from Allie's corner on 54 minutes. Telford Ncusana came on for his debut in place of Sitayitayi as Head Coach Farouk Abrahams went in search of a winner - and while the new man did not provide the goal, he certainly impressed during his time on the field. A great sweeping move on the hour mark saw Allie release Lakay, who in-turn lifted a deft ball on to Roelf's chest, and while the skilful striker got his shot away, it was ultimately too tame to beat Mokhasi. Ncusana may well have done better with a header from a Jampies free-kick on 69mins, but the miss proved inconsequential as Roelf slotted home from the left after an excellent run and cross down the right from Lakay. But it was not to be all plain saling from then on in as Dawood was dismissed for a second yellow that saw Arendse slot into right-back with Moonsamy moving to the centre. Shaheed Mobara was introduced for Lakay to stabalise the team - who continued to attack until the final minutes with Allie bringing out a fine save from the keeper at his near post before Bongani Manana tried his luck with a shot that flew well wide after some good approach play from Leopards. Manana came closer seconds later after being set through on goal by Ntshangase while the moment of the match saw Touray make an excellent one-handed save to deny Sweswe what would have been a late equaliser. Santos jump up to sixth place with 17 points from 10 games with Leopards dropping to 11th place with 12 points. By Trevor Kramer trevor.kramer@gmail.com
Nov 22nd, 2014 - 22:13
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
Log Standings
National First Division
# Team Name Pld. Gd. Pts.
1 Golden Arrows 12 8 24
2 Jomo Cosmos 12 11 23
3 Milano United 12 7 21
4 Thanda Royal Zulu 12 8 18
5 FC Cape Town 12 5 17
6 Witbank Spurs FC 12 1 17
7 Santos FC 12 -1 17
8 Vasco Da Gama 12 -3 17
9 African Warriors 12 -7 16
10 Baroka FC 12 0 14
11 Royal Eagles 12 -2 14
12 Highlands Park 12 -2 14
13 Cape Town All Stars 12 -3 13
14 Black Leopards 12 -2 12
15 Garankuwa United 12 -5 8
16 Maluti College 12 -17 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
NFD
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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
NFD
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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 29th, 2014 - 15:30
Baroka FC
NFD
Away
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Dec 5th, 2014 - 19:30
Milano United
NFD
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Dec 12th, 2014 - 19:30
Vasco Da Gama
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Dec 19th, 2014 - 19:30
FC Cape Town
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Feb 11th, 2015 - 15:30
Maluti College
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Results
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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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
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Santos too strong for African Beasts
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Nov 8th, 2013 - 19:30
Jomo Cosmos
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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
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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
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Santos cruise into Nedbank Cup last 32
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Dec 21st, 2013 - 18:00
Blackburn Rovers
NFD
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Santos held by Rovers in PE
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Jan 11th, 2014 - 15:30
Vasco Da Gama
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Santos pay the penalty at Parow Park
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