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Abrahams disappointed with Arrows defeat
Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams was naturally disappointed to have seen his side lose 1-0 to Golden Arrows in their National First Division match played in Durban on Saturday afternoon. A 61st minute own-goal from right-back Sthembele Ngcamu separated the two sides as they traded punches for the full 90 minutes in a bruising encounter at a raucous Chatworth Stadium. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za shortly after arriving back in Cape Town, Coach Farouk explained that after getting nothing out of the match after having played so well, it was important for Santos to bounce back in their next match - at home to Thanda Royal Zulu at Athlone Stadium on Friday. He said: "It was disappointing to lose against a team that hardly threatened our goal, and then to concede a needless own-goal from a relatively harmless free-kick. "This should have been our first clean sheet of the season as Arrows were content to play the long ball over the top which we dealt with easily. "It is another soft goal which is also disappointing because as the stats show, we are a much better team than that. "But also we need to be more resilient on the road as you have to work harder to get results. He added: "We lacked that bit of creativity that served us so well as we scored four goals against Royal Eagles in our previous match - now we need a response from the guys by beating Thanda Royal Zulu at home on Friday. "Winning at home is non-negotiable and we have shown great strength in our two home outings to date. "Bouncing back is about showing the strength of your character and I know the boys are determined to bounce back from this match." By Trevor Kramer
Sep 29th, 2014 - 09:42
Santos downed in Durban
Santos were unfortunate to lose 1-0 to a strong Golden Arrows side at Chatsworth Stadium in Durban on Saturday afternoon. Both sides created plenty of chances in this fiercely competitive National First Division match that was eventually settled by an own goal after 61 minutes. With both sides struggling to seriously test the goalkeepers in the first half, it was Arrows who looked the more threatening as the match wore on, eventually forcing the Santos defence to concede from a superb free-kick from Brandon Parusnath on his debut for Arrows. Solomon Okpako and Piere Kok worked tirelessly to create openings with Fagrie Lakay and Cheslyn Jampies lively from the wide positions. And while Sachin Dawood and Brain Onyango found themselves under pressure leading up to the goal, it was the visitors who finished the stronger of the two sides, although without finding that elusive game-changing moment. As it was, the People's Team suffered just their second defeat of the season, leaving them in seventh place with seven points from five games while Arrows remain unbeaten and move into third place on 11 points - level with Milano United, and one adrift of leaders FC Cape Town who have played a game more. All the results in full: Saturday, September 27, 2014 Black Leopards 2-0 Baroka FC Golden Arrows 1-0 Santos FC Cape Town 2-0 Garankuwa United Thanda Royal Zulu FC 1-1 Royal Eagles African Warriors 1-3 Jomo Cosmos Friday, September 26, 2014 Milano United AFC 0-0 Witbank Spurs Cape Town All Stars 0-0 Maluti FET College
Sep 28th, 2014 - 01:58
BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Golden Arrows v Santos
Santos travel to Durban for an intriguing National First Division clash with Golden Arrows at the Chatsworth Stadium on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm. The last time the People's Team faced the recently-relegated Abafana Bes'thende would have been in the 2011/2012 season when both sides were competing in South Africa's top flight. But coming into this game the two teams are in fine form with Santos currently occupying sixth place on the standings with two wins, a draw and a loss while Arrows, in fourth place, have two wins and two draws from their opening four encounters. And speaking to thepeoplesteam before jetting out of Cape Town, Head Coach Farouk Abrahams revealed he is looking forward to testing his young side against one of the favourites to win the league. He said: "Our big match temperament will be tested severely in this match. "Arrows are a former PSL team who have just been relegated and they are seen as one of the favourites to win the league, so our preparations have been around making sure the players have the right temperament for the game ahead." He said: "Our aim though, as with all our games is to play good quality football, to score goals and to win games." Focusing on Arrows, he added: "The results so far have shown that they don't score too many goals. They are not the most creative team although they have a solid structure. "But with the confidence in the team at the moment, if we can keep our heads from swelling too much and our feet on the ground, then we can give a very good account of ourselves. "There is a positivity flowing through the entire club at the moment and we want to capitalise on that; and a good away result always augers well for your aspirations." In team news, only long-term absentee Faizel Johnson remains sidelined with a number of players having recovered from minor knocks to be fit to face Arrows on Saturday. By Trevor Kramer
Sep 26th, 2014 - 10:12
Lakay: It has always been my goal to play for Bafana
Fagrie Lakay tells thepeoplesteam.co.za of his delight at having been called up to the full South African National Team to face Congo in key Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers over two legs next month. The 17-year-old striker, who has come through the Santos Academy, suitably impressed Bafana Bafana boss Shakes Mashaba during their time together with the National Under 20 side, 'Amajita', where his two goals against Cameroon in August secured their place in the 2015 African Championships to be held in Senegal. And following Thursday's squad announcement, the young striker and his Mother spoke to the club's official website. He said: "For me as a youngster it feels great to get a call up to the national team. "It was always my goal to play for Bafana and while I think I deserve the call up, it came sooner than expected." Mrs Lakay added: "As a mother of a young player I feel quite excited, but as Fagrie said, we didn't expect it to happen now, we thought it might happen at a later stage, so I am quite overwhelmed." Lakay added that having played for Mashaba at Under 20 level helped him with his development and is a big factor in him making the step up to Bafana. "I played under him (Coach Mashaba) so he knows what I'm capable of. "And at the moment I am playing well - also when we (Santos) played a friendly against Bafana Bafana at Athlone Stadium, I did quite well and scored a goal. Coach wasn't there but the assistant coaches were there who I have worked with, so I think they gave him feedback." Lakay added that he aims to make the most of the opportunity presented to him, while his doting Mother intends to keep his feet firmly on the ground. "Like every young player in South Africa it has been my goal to play for the national team and for me just getting a call up is already a big achievement, so maybe if I don't get the chance to play now, I'll at least have the experience of being with the team. But I will be ready to take my chance when it comes. I just need to go there and work hard. Mrs Lakay concluded: "At home he is very quiet, and very focused. We (his father and me) always talk to him to keep him motivated and just make sure we are always there for him. "But he must remember this is just the beginning of a long journey and there is still a lot of hard work ahead. He must just stay humble, keep focused and stay grounded." By Trevor Kramer
Sep 25th, 2014 - 14:30
Abrahams delight at Lakay call-up
Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams has revealed his delight at the news that striker Fagrie Lakay has been selected to represent Bafana Bafana. The 17-year-old Santos Academy graduate, who has already starred for the South African U17 and U20 sides, most recently scoring a brace in the 2-1 win over Cameroon to secure Amajita a place in the 2015 African Youth Championships, has been in fine form for the People's Team already this term. Speaking shortly after hearing the announcement, Abrahams spoke to thepeoplesteam.co.za. He said: "I'm very happy for Fagrie and for the team as well - it is always good when your players get picked for international duty. "Look, I feel it was always in his destiny to play for the senior national team. "It's a well-deserved call up as he's been working hard, and juggling matric life with professional football is not easy and he has really come through it very well and very disciplined." Abrahams added: "It's also a good indicator for the young players in our squad that good things come to those who put the commitment into their training and maintain a positive lifestyle." He concluded: "It's obviously about nurturing now and how soon Shakes Mashaba thinks he ready to start or to come on. "Either way, it's good to call him into the full squad to start getting him used to the way of life at Bafana Bafana. "And it will be interesting to see if he gets brought into the side gradually or is thrown in at the deep end where I am confident he will 'do the business'. By Trevor Kramer
Sep 25th, 2014 - 13:06
Lakay named in Bafana squad to face Congo
Santos striker Fagrie Lakay has been named in South Africa coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba's 26-man squad to face Congo Brazzaville in 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next month. The 17-year-old, who has come through the Santos Academy, recently starred for the South Africa Under-20 side by helping Amajita secure their spot in the 2015 African Youth Championship. He has been in fine form in the National First Division with a number of assists already this season and has now been rewarded with a full call-up to Bafana Bafana. South Africa, who kicked off their 2015 AFCON campaign with a 3-0 defeat of Sudan before being held to a goalless draw by Nigeria, play their first of two games against Congo at Point Noire on the 11th of October before a trip to Polokwane's Peter Mokaba Stadium on October 15. Congo currently are top the AFCON standings with six points while Bafana are second with four points. Nigeria have just one point while Sudan are yet to open their account. The full Bafana squad: Goalkeepers: Senzo Meyiwa, Darren Keet, Dumisani Msibi. Defenders: Anele Ngcongca, Ayabulela Magqwaka, Sibusiso Khumalo, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Mulomowandau Mathoho, Thabo Matlaba, Rivaldo Coetzee, Kwanda Mngonyama, Tefu Mashamaite. Midfielders: Themba Zwane, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Oupa Manyisa, Andile Jali, Dean Furman, Mandla Masango, Keagan Dolly, Thulani Serero, Reneilwe Letsholonyane. Strikers: Bongani Ndulula, Tokelo Rantie, David Zulu, Kermit Erasmus, Fagrie Lakay. By Trevor Kramer
Sep 25th, 2014 - 11:52
Okpako eyes Arrows scalp
Solomon Okpako says he's settling in well at Santos as he eyes a big win over Golden Arrows in Durban this weekend. The 24-year-old Nigerian, who joined the club from Chippa United, having also spent time with Mamelodi Sundowns as well as Greek side Panionios, has impressed in the two games he has played already this season - the 1-1 away draw with African Warriors and the 4-2 home win over Royal Eagles. Slotting alongside Piere Kok in the centre of the park, the pair have begun to form an intriguing partnership. And speaking ahead of the potential banana-skin away to the recently-relegated Arrows, the burly centre-mid told thepeoplesteam.co.za that he's expecting a tough match-up. He said: "I've played two games already, one draw and one win and I'm looking forward to playing against Arrows this weekend. "They are a big team who have just been relegated from the PSL (Premier Soccer League) so it's going to be a tough game." He added: "I'm settling in nicely, working hard in training and playing to the coach's instructions." Reflecting on the mood at the club, coming off the back of a hard-fought 4-2 win over Royal Eagles last Friday, Okpako added: "Everyone is happy, everyone is buzzing and we all want to play. "We have a big squad so everyone is working hard to make the team this weekend. "Like I said, it will be a tough game. Arrows are a big team so it will be a nice game. "Our strikers are doing well scoring goals week after week. We have already scored eight goals this season so hopefully we can go to Durban and get three points, by Gods grace." By Trevor Kramer
Sep 25th, 2014 - 10:56
Kok thunderbolt sends Santos fans' wild
Piere Kok says once the ball dropped onto his 'sweet spot' he knew there would be only one result - a thunderous drive into the back of the net that sent the Santos fans into delirium at Athlone Stadium on Friday evening. Kok's goal ensured the People's Team claimed a hard-fought but well deserved 4-2 win over Royal Eagles with his potential goal of the season just when it seemed the Durban side would claim an unlikely draw. Suhayl Allie had given the hosts a two-nil lead with just 19 minutes played of this National First Division encounter before a penalty by Eagles Captain Walter Maponyane on 41 minutes reduced the deficit. An own-goal from Philani Cele restored Santos' two-goal lead and while Petrus Ngebo threatened to spoil the party with a second goal for the visitors on 77 minutes, an absolute ripper from Kok from a full 30 yards out ensured that the People's Team claimed all three points. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za after training on Monday, the diminutive midfielder said: "The ball landed nicely on my sweet spot from Tyren's (Arendse) lay-off, and when it landed there I knew it was 'home'. "The same thing happened at Chippa last season where I scored a similar goal; the ball landed the same way, and I just thank God for how he is helping me." Kok is forming a formidable midfield partnership with former Mamelodi Sundowns man Solomon Okpako, who he rates very highly. "I'm enjoying playing next to Solomon because he is a hard worker and encourages me to work hard. He's got a lot of experience and I'm learning from him. "We already understand each other well; we know when to cover each other and we are forming a good partnership." And chatting about the game he added: "It was end-to-end stuff. They are one of the richest clubs in the NFD and that's why they are called the Real Madrid of the NFD. They play attractive football and have a good team with very good players. "We needed everybody to do their job on the day as they kept coming back into the game after we scored which put us under pressure - but it's how we dealt with that pressure that gave us the result." The Athlone Stadium was heaving with both home and away fans, and Kok felt the support they felt on the field also contributed to a positive result. He concluded: "You raise your game when the fans are shouting for you. It's important we win our home games, to show appreciation to our supporters." By Trevor Kramer
Sep 23rd, 2014 - 15:53
Log Standings
National First Division
# Team Name Pld. Gd. Pts.
1 FC Cape Town 6 6 12
2 Milano United 5 6 11
3 Golden Arrows 5 3 11
4 Witbank Spurs FC 5 3 8
5 Vasco Da Gama 4 2 8
6 Thanda Royal Zulu 5 2 7
7 Santos FC 5 0 7
8 Jomo Cosmos 5 -1 6
9 Baroka FC 5 -1 6
10 Garankuwa United 5 -1 5
11 Black Leopards 5 -1 5
12 Highlands Park 4 -1 5
13 Cape Town All Stars 5 -2 4
14 Royal Eagles 5 -3 4
15 African Warriors 5 -5 2
16 Maluti College 6 -7 1
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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
Home
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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
Home
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Santos clip Royal Eagles
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Sep 27th, 2014 - 15:00
Golden Arrows
NFD
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Santos downed in Durban
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Oct 3rd, 2014 - 19:30
Thanda Royal Zulu
NFD
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Oct 18th, 2014 - 15:30
Jomo Cosmos
NFD
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Oct 24th, 2014 - 19:30
Cape Town All Stars
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Oct 29th, 2014 - 19:30
Garankuwa United
NFD
Away
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Nov 2nd, 2014 - 15:30
Highlands Park
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Nov 9th, 2014 - 15:30
Witbank Spurs FC
NFD
Away
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Nov 22nd, 2014 - 19:30
Black Leopards
NFD
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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
Away
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Dec 12th, 2014 - 19:30
Vasco Da Gama
NFD
Home
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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
NFD
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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
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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
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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