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Abrahams disappointed by defeat
Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams couldn't hide his disappointment following the 2-1 loss to Highlands Park at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday evening. The People's Team boss was eyeing successive wins having seen off Black Leopards 3-2 just days earlier, however, it wasn't to be following what he described as an under-par performance - that wasn't helped by some forced substitutions. Centre-back Brian Onyango had to be replaced after just 14 minutes after suffering a cut above his eye while left-back Cheslyn Jampies was forced off with a groin strain at half-time. And speaking after the match, Abrahams said: "It was disappointing because it's our first defeat at home on a night where we felt confident of staying unbeaten. "I thought we had two or three easy chances in the first half that we didn't take while the two forced changes steamrolled our game plan. "We had a second half game plan that didn't come to fruition because of the enforced changes. "And even in the second half we threw everything bar the kitchen sink at them, but some days its just not going to go in. On another day we would probably have scored four. "Overall I though we didn't really do justice to our commitment in this game and there were one or two soft performances and the goals were very soft, an own goal and a nothing shot that went in." By Trevor Kramer
Nov 28th, 2014 - 13:05
Lakay ready for Bafana chance
Santos striker Fagrie Lakay says he will repay the faith shown in him by Bafana boss Shakes Mashaba if he is lucky enough to be involved in the Nelson Mandela Challenge in Nelspruit on Sunday. The 17-year-old, who has kept his place in the South African National team after two call-ups for the recent African Cup of Nations qualifiers where he was a non-playing member of the squad, has a good chance of playing in the annual friendly clash against the Ivory Coast this weekend. And speaking to thepeoplesteam shortly before jetting off to camp on Thursday, Lakay recalled his most recent experience with Bafana. He said: "It has been a great experience being amongst the best players in the country and I have learnt a lot. "When I came back I tried to bring what I had learnt into my Santos games and I feel that I have already improved and that is all because of just being there with the team." He added: "I didn't play in any of the four games but just training with those players gives you a massive boost." Lakay explained that the Bafana players have made him feel at home in the squad and if given a chance to play, he intends to work hard to impress the coach. "Everybody has been very supportive. The players know what it is like for a young player to be involved for the first time." He continued: "Obviously I want to play and if I get an opportunity, I'll give 100 per cent to show the coach that I want to be there and want to play, and hopefully if I do well he'll consider selecting me to be a part of the AFCON squad." And reflecting on his most recent game for the People's Team, a 2-1 loss to Highlands Park, he concluded: "I think we started well but we maybe lost our way a bit after not scoring in the first half. "I don't think we showed the same fighting spirit as we did in the last game against Leopards and now we have a first loss at home. "But we need to move on from that because it is football and you win some and you lose some, but if we are going to let this game get us down then we might lose again this weekend, so I am sure the guys will come with the right spirit to pick up all three points against Baroka. Santos play Baroka FC at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday at 15:30. By Trevor Kramer
Nov 28th, 2014 - 11:53
Santos stifled by Highlands Park
Santos lost their first home match of the 2014 the National First Division, going down 2-1 to a determined Highlands Park Team at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday night. After a cagey half it was an own goal by substitute Mhlengi Sigwebela that finally broke the deadlock just before the hour mark with Samukelo Nkosi adding a second minutes later. Edwin Sitayitayi bagged his second goal in two games to reduce the deficit late on but despite peppering the visitors' goal in the dying stages, Highlands held on for a valuable three points. The result see Santos drop one place in the standings to seventh on 17 points from 12 games while the Lions of the North moved on to 14 points, in 12 place from their 12 games played. The match had started at a high tempo with both sides looking to get touches on the ball, but it was Coach Farouk Abraham's team who so nearly found themselves a goal down with just six minutes played after Sandile Khwela had met a good cross from the left - but luckily Tshepo Mabua was well placed to acrobatically clear the ball off the line. Santos though were beginning to find their stride with Carl Lark forcing an excellent low one-handed save from Malon Heugh at his near post after some good build-up play from Sitayitayi and Fagrie Lakay. Lakay then sent pulses racing with a superb low shot from the right, after being set through on goal by Lark, that just whisked past the left upright. The People's Team suffered a blow on 14 minutes when Brian Onyango had to be withdrawn with a cut above his eye, although in Fagan Muller Santos had an able replacement. Lark had another good opportunity to open the scoring with just 20 minutes played but he failed to get enough power on his header to beat a resolute Heugh. Allie came even closer with a well-struck free-kick from the edge of the box that flew past the left upright while Santos stopper Pa Dembo Touray was forced to make a fingertip save from a Khethukuthula Mbhele thunderbolt from 20 yards out. The last piece of drama at the end of a tense first half saw Heugh replaced by Pule Konopi after picking up a knock while Cheslyn Jampies was replaced by Sigwebela at the start of the second period after injuring his groin. Both sides tried their upmost to find a route to goal, with Lakay and Sitayitayi the most threatening for the hosts as Charles Kokobane saw his headed effort on 52 minutes easily saved. But just when it seemed as if no goals were forthcoming, a good cross from Simpiwe Tshabalala rebounded off the chest of Sigwebela and into the net. And buoyed by the goal, Highlands found an extra gear with Nkosi rifling home a second in front of the poles after Tshabalala had slalomed his way into the box. Second-half substitute Gregory Roelf then headed wide of the target from a Lakay cross from the right on 66 minutes before Lark forced Konopi into an excellent low save. Chance after chance went begging as Lakay saw Konopi smother his close range effort before arguably the best chance of the match as Muller headed an inch wide of the right upright after connecting to a Allie free-kick. Touray made the save of the match from a Mbhele effort with 82 minutes played to keep his side alive before Sitayitayi finally scored. The tall striker got up well to meet an Allie knockdown from Arendse's pinpoint cross-field pass. Lark may well have found an equaliser with two minutes of the match remaining with a good strike, while Allie did everything right with his close-range header in injury time, except to beat the outstanding Konopi who will no doubt take a large chunk of the plaudits for guiding his side to a vital three points. All the midweek results Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Santos 1-2 Highlands Park Witbank Spurs 1-0 Garankuwa United Vasco Da Gama 1-1 Golden Arrows Baroka FC 1-2 Jomo Cosmos Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Royal Eagles 3-2 FC Cape Town Cape Town All Stars 4-1 Black Leopards Maluti FET College 1-2 African Warriors Thanda Royal Zulu FC 0-0 Milano United AFC By Trevor Kramer
Nov 27th, 2014 - 00:31
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
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
Home
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Santos too smart for Maluti
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Sep 13th, 2014 - 15:00
African Warriors
NFD
Away
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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
Away
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Santos downed in Durban
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Oct 3rd, 2014 - 19:30
Thanda Royal Zulu
NFD
Home
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Santos too strong for Thanda
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Oct 18th, 2014 - 15:30
Jomo Cosmos
NFD
Away
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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
NFD
Away
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Santos record first away win
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Nov 8th, 2014 - 15:30
Witbank Spurs FC
NFD
Away
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MATCH REPORT: Spurs sneak past Santos
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Nov 22nd, 2014 - 19:30
Black Leopards
NFD
Home
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Santos edge Lidoda Duvha
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Nov 26th, 2014 - 19:30
Highlands Park
NFD
Home
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Santos stifled by Highlands Park
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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 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
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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
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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