Santos make it two wins on the trot
Nov 27th, 2013 - 21:55
A brace from Edwin Sitayitayi handed the People's Team a well-deserved 2-0 victory over African Warriors at a windy Athlone Stadium on Wednesday night.

The hosts started brightly and dominated large chunks of the first half, with their positive attacking play rewarded in the 41st minute when Sitayitayi finished off a pin-point Nasief Morris cross with a diving header into the near post.

The striker then added a second goal with 54 minutes on the clock when he coolly slotted past Warriors keeper Siyabonga Mbatha after an excellent through ball, again from Morris.

The result sees Santos remain level on points with second-placed Chippa United (21), who defeated Black Leopards in their National First Divison match earlier in the day - and just five
points behind league leaders Milano United, who lost their first match of the season, 1-0 to Sivutsa Stars.

Coming in to this tie on the back of 1-0 win over Roses United, Santos were looking to secure their first successive three points of the season.

And they made their intentions known early on as Vuyisile Wana first came close to picking out Suhayl Allie with a good low cross from the left before testing Mbatha with a sighter from the edge of the box.

Allie then forced an excellent one-handed save from the Warriors stopper after a smart turn and shot from inside the box.

Wana was then withdrawn with 20 minutes played after picking up an early knock, with new signing Faizel Johnson coming on to replace him - and he impressed on his debut with an energetic display.

While Cheslyn Jampies and Allie both had further efforts, it was the hosts' neat incisive passing that ensured they dominated much of the first half where central midfielders Xolani Mdaki and John Paintsil worked well to dictate the tempo of this clash.

Mdaki even had the ball in the back of the net on 24 minutes but he was adjudged to have been in an offside position.

Mdaki then curled a super shot just over the target minutes later while Morris did well to twice head clear following some good attacking play down the left-hand side from Thami Ngubane's
charges.

Lee Langerveldt was then forced into his first real save of the match, on 38 minutes, from a snapshot from Thamsanqa Ngema ahead of the opening goal at a crucial time just before the break.

Morris though may well had made it two had Mbatha not gotten down very quickly to his right to keep out a fierce free-kick for the last kick of the opening period.

Santos should have kicked off the second period with a goal but Sitayitayi was unable to reach a Tshepo Mabua cross, that rolled across the face of goal, following a 40-yard run from the flying winger down the left flank.

Vincent Pule though had a great chance to level the score with a well-struck drive from 30-yards that hit the right upright before hitting Langeveldt and dropping out of play.

Cyril Masinga slipped at the vital moment when he found himself unmarked inside the box and on the end of a Pule cross that just needed nodding home.

And that miss was to prove vital as Sitayitayi then doubled the People's Team's lead with a composed finish.

Bonginkosi Nxumalo was unable to make more of a headed chance with 75 minutes played before seeing a cross from the left just fly past his boot, when any sort of a touch could have directed the ball goalward.

And it was the visitors who finished the match strongly as they continued to search for a goal, with substitute Siyabonga Vilane close to getting on the end of another good Pule ball as Rodney Nzimande kept Langeveldt on his toes with a powerful effort from the edge of the box as the tie wore down.

But it was Santos who had the final say as substitute Neo Segalo put the ball just wide of the poles when one-on-one with the Warriors keeper after an excellent pass from fellow sub Gregory Roelf.

By Trevor Kramer
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National First Division
# Team Name Pld. Gd. Pts.
1 Thanda Royal Zulu 2 3 6
2 Mthatha Bucks 2 3 6
3 University of Pretoria 2 2 6
4 AmaZulu 2 2 6
5 Santos FC 2 1 4
6 Mbombela United 2 1 3
7 Witbank Spurs FC 2 0 3
8 Magesi FC 2 0 3
9 Real Kings 2 0 2
10 Jomo Cosmos 2 0 2
11 FC Cape Town 2 -1 1
12 Black Leopards 2 -1 1
13 Royal Eagles 2 -2 1
14 Cape Town All Stars 2 -2 0
15 Milano United 2 -3 0
16 Stellenbosch FC 2 -3 0
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Jan 18th, 2013 - 15:30
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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.
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Maluti College
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United FC
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Roses United
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Nov 27th, 2013 - 19:30
African Warriors
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Dec 21st, 2013 - 18:00
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