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Santos sign Nigerian Okpako
Santos are delighted to officially confirm the arrival of Solomon Okpako at the club following a successful trial period. The 24-year-old former Nigerian ‘B’ international skipper, who last played for Chippa United, also counts Mamelodi Sundowns as one of his previous employers. Okpako though began his football career with Bendel United before making the step with Kano Pillars in Nigeria. After being part of the 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup squad in Egypt, he then won the WAFU Cup in 2010 with the home-based Super Eagles squad, which in turn saw him called up to the country’s full international team ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, although he missed out when the final squad was announced. And following a season in Greece with Panionios, Okpako then joined Sundowns, but after two unfruitful seasons, he signed for Chippa United, where he was a part of the squad that secured promotion to the ABSA Premiership. He has now joined the People's Team for the current National First Division season where he hopes to play his part in helping the club secure their return to the South African top-flight. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za after training on Monday, he said: "I am here to help the team to the next level. "Santos is a great team with a lot of quality players. "I also heard a lot of good things about the coach, so I am looking forward to working with him this season." He added: "I was with Chippa last season and I was part of the team that won promotion but unfortunately they did not extend my contract. "I joined Santos to get game time and to help the team achieve its goal of playing in the PSL." By Trevor Kramer
Sep 2nd, 2014 - 12:24
Abrahams: It's great to win while we're building
Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams was delighted with his side's 3-2 win over Maluti FET College in their first home game of the season, at Athlone Stadium on Friday night. Goals from Suhayl Allie, Brian Onyango and Shaun Sopio secured the points to lift the People's Team into eighth on the standings - this following an opening day defeat to FC Cape Town last week. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za after a friendly match with Vasco Da Gama at the club's Lansdowne base on Monday, he said: "Everybody has a spring in their step when you win. Training is more pleasant, meetings are more pleasant, and everything is positive." He added: "I was very happy with the way we played. At the end it was touch and go because we conceded a late free-kick so the last 10 or so minutes were very hectic and we found it difficult defending the long ball which put us under a bit of pressure. "But ultimately if you go home with three points you don't criticise too much. "Last season the team drew eight games at home with teams coming from behind a few times to collect the points so this result is already one positive that we have achieved, in being able to hold on towards the end." He further explained: "We also tried a new formation, which the players took to very well although there is obviously a little bit of tweaking still to be done. "But with the two-week break now because of the FIFA week ahead of African Warriors away, we have a nice planning phase ahead of us. "We are getting there; it is a process - but I don't mind winning while we are still building a new team!" Abrahams also made special mention of the performances of Allie and Onyango, who were both on the score sheet. He concluded: "In the formation that we played, we needed a strong runner up front and Suhayl provided us with that and did very well in that particular role. "And at the back Brian, in his first game back after a serious injury - other than scoring - also performed very well and kept us nice and tight at the back. "Overall it was a very good team performance." Up next for Santos is an away trip to Phuthaditjhaba on Saturday, September 13, 2014 to face African Warriors at the Charles Mopeli Stadium. By Trevor Kramer
Sep 1st, 2014 - 14:41
Santos too smart for Maluti
Santos defeated Maluti FET College 3-2 in a pulsating National First Division encounter at Athlone Stadium on Friday night. Suhayl Allie opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 17 minutes before Bulelani Nikani levelled matters 30 minutes into the first half. Brian Onyango, in his first game back from a long injury lay-off, restored the People's Team's lead on 55 minutes when he slotted home from close range after latching on to a Martin Moonsamy header. Shaun Sopio then added a third with a simple tap in after a great cross from Carl Lark with 65 minutes on the clock. And while Thembinkosi Lorch scored a cracker of a free-kick into the top corner of the net on 75 minutes, Santos saw out the remainder of the tie with relative ease. Both sides had started the match strongly with Santos left-back Cheslyn Jampies doing well to deflect a Tumelo Mokoena cross wide of the target early on. Allie then found the back of the net with a clinical strike from the edge of the box but he was correctly judged to have been in an offside position. New signing Sindiso Nqithani then skied an effort over the bar after a good run and pass from right-back Moonsamy on 12 minutes. Zaakier Williams though should have given the hosts a 14th-minute lead when he smashed a volley against the upright from a Jampies cross from the left before Piere Kok blazed a shot wide of the Maluti goal. But Santos were soon to take the lead as Allie fired home from the penalty spot, into the bottom left corner of the net - after Tshepo Mabua had been upended inside the box. Onyango then had to be on his toes to deflect a Lorch shot wide while Williams had his strike from inside the box well saved by Maluti stopper Mohlolo Khuse. Santos keeper Pa Dembo Touray was forced into a smart one-handed save from Mokoena following a clever free-kick by the visitors on 29 minutes but he was unable to stop Nikani from netting after he had powered his way through the Santos defence a minute later. Nqithani produced an excellent save from Khuse at the start of the second period following a pin-point Mabua corner before Onyango extended his side's lead with a tap-in from close range. Second-half substitute Carl Lark then came close to adding a third with a dipping effort that flew just over the crossbar on 57 minutes while at the other end Lucas Penzne was denied a goal after another good save from Touray. There were plenty more opportunities for both sides, and while Sopio took his chance - another simple tap-in - this time from a Lark cross, to make it 3-1, Maluti were soon back in the tie as Lorch placed a unstoppable free-kick into the top left-corner of the Santos goal. Greg Roelf was also lively after his introduction and forced Khuse in a good save not long after his introduction. Santos found themselves under pressure in the dying minutes as Maluti looked to launch the ball long but the Lansdowne-based side ultimately saw out the tie without too much discomfort. Up next for Santos is an away trip to Phuthaditjhaba on Saturday, September 13, 2014 to face African Warriors at the Charles Mopeli Stadium. By Trevor Kramer
Aug 30th, 2014 - 16:28
BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Santos v Maluti FET College
Santos will look to bounce back from an opening day defeat in the National First Division with a much improved performance against Maluti FET College at Athlone Stadium on Friday night, kick-off 730pm. The People's Team suffered a 2-0 loss at the hands of FC Cape Town last Saturday, as Maluti went down 1-0 to Vasco Da Gama, and Abrahams is confident of a more positive result this time out - following the addition of a number of new signings. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za after training on Friday, the Head Coach said: "Maluti are also coming off a defeat so just like us they will be looking for all three points. "But we need to be commanding and strong on our home turf. You need to have a strong mentality when it comes to your home games. You need to win because even a draw can be considered a defeat when you play at home." He added: "Maluti are not really the kind of team that you expect to be chasing for promotion, so at home especially you need to take points off teams like that." Reflecting on his side's mental preparedness following the shock defeat to the African Beasts, Abrahams explained: "We've prepared very well after last week's defeat. "The energy I saw in training has been fantastic, which we needed obviously. "Look, losing the first game wasn't a train smash - it was a very good learning experience for everybody, myself as well. But the key is to spot what needs to be remedied in order to fix it almost immediately and I felt we have achieved that this week." And when quizzed about his new signings, the former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper coach added: "Tyren (Arendse) is out with flu and Fagan (Muller) is out with a hamstring injury but we've got some very capable replacements coming in. "Silo (Sindiso Nqothani) understands how I like to play football and he fits in well with the players we have; he is very versatile. "Bongi can play as a number 9 or a number 10 and has got the ability to slot in anywhere in the attack." Abrahams also appealed to the clubs' fans to come out in their numbers to support this side - especially as entrance is free to all fans. "Home support is always important. Santos has always had a passionate home support and I would like to appeal to those people who are able to come to really back the team. "I'm really not interested in just fulfilling fixtures as for me it is about - do we have a chance to win promotion? The NFD is of a very equal standard, and because of the under 23 rule as well, but having said that we have all the right tools to help us win promotion." By Trevor Kramer
Aug 28th, 2014 - 15:01
Exciting duo join the People's Team
Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams is deligted to welcome two new players into his squad in Sindiso Nqothani and Telford Ncusana. Nqothani is a former Chippa United player, who can play across the midfield while striker Ncusana counts Cape Town All Stars amongst his former clubs. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za after training on Thursday, Abrahams revealed his excitement at having signed the versatile duo. He said: "I worked with Nqothani at Chippa and he was one of my star performers while I was there. "He gives us an attacking exciting dimension; he's good on the ball, he's good passer, he's hungry, and he is not scared to take shots or put a tackle in, so with him amongst the attacking midfielders, I think will make a huge difference - and he's got Premier Soccer League experience obviously. And on Ncusana, he added: "Bongi is a hungry striker and he will force himself quickly into the squad. "He's got a good first touch, an eye for finding space where others are unable to." He added: "We are obviously hampered by the under 23 rule, so for players like him, an over, that is where the rules fail football in general - where a player like him is really not old but he's over 23 and you have to consider an under 23 player where you could have used him, but like I said, he's got the ability to force his way in when we have a slot open for an over. "But it is two exciting additions, even Handsome (Sibanda), who has outstanding aerial abilities at the back, and reads the game well, with a good passing technique, will give us an added dimension." He concluded: "So, overall I think those three signings are going to make a huge difference to the overall structure, the cover and the way we want to play. "And they are all intelligent players which makes it easier for a coach." By Trevor Kramer
Aug 28th, 2014 - 14:27
Santos make Handsome signing
Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams has moved to strengthen his defence with the signing of former Jomo Cosmos centre-back Handsome Sibanda. The 24-year-old, who arrives at the People's Team with plenty of National First Division experience, has impressed while on trial over the past fortnight. A former Newtown Tigers and FC AK player, 'Papi', as he is affectionately known, is eager to help the club achieve its goal of reaching the ABSA Premiership. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za after a cold and wet training session in the Mother City on Wednesday morning, Sibanda said he's already feeling at home amongst his new teammates. He explained: "I can say that I am very happy to have signed for Santos and to be here with these great players. "There are a couple of guys here that I know; guys that I used to face when playing for Cosmos - and I went to college with Sizwe Nymbi, so I've settled in very well. "I felt at home the moment I arrived here." He added: "I am looking forward to playing in this team and being able to contribute to the success of the club. "The goal is to obviously win promotion to the PSL. And when quizzed about Coach Abrahams, the tall defender revealed: "He's a good coach, and judging by what I've experienced in training so far, I will enjoy working under him. "He demands a lot of work from us players which is something that we have to give him." 'Papi' was in the stands to watch Santos take on FC Cape in the first game of the season, a match that the People's Team lost 2-0, but the new signing was not too disheartened by the result and expects the club to put in a far improved performance in the next NFD encounter - against Maluti FET College at Athlone Stadium on Friday evening. He concluded: "The guys played well but obviously there is room for improvement. We have been working hard in training this week so we can come back strongly from the defeat on the weekend." By Trevor Kramer
Aug 27th, 2014 - 18:44
Nyambi eyes Santos improvement
Santos midfielder Sizwe Nyambi says the club are working hard to rectify the problems that saw them suffer a 2-0 loss to FC Cape Town on the opening day of the 2014 National First Division season. A 30th minute volley from Thabiso Mokoena and an own-goal from Tyren Arendse condemned Head Coach Farouk Abrahams' side to an unlikely defeat. And speaking after training on Tuesday morning, the former Witbank Spurs man said he was disappointed with the team's performance. He told thepeoplesteam.co.za: "We didn't really play well as a team. "In fact it was not a good performance at all because we didn't even create a lot of chances for the strikers. "And we didn't achieve our objective which was to claim the three points." He added: "I thought we started well and for 20 minutes we were the better side, but then they scored and that put us on the back-foot." Reflecting on the African Beasts' display, he added: "Since they won, at the end of the day we must give them credit. "They did well, playing with width and getting the crosses in and that’s how they scored their goals - from the wide positions." And when asked how the Santos squad has been reacting to the loss in training, Nyambi explained: "The coach has been encouraging us, saying that it was one of those days and that it happens in football. "We can't drop our heads after the first match in the league. We must remain positive at training amd we'll get there, especially as we have a couple of new players coming in who are also of a high quality. "And I think definitely something good will come out of this season if we work hard as a team and keep fighting together with the good youngsters that we have." By Trevor Kramer
Aug 26th, 2014 - 14:33
Abrahams looks for positives
Head Coach Farouk Abrahams expects Santos to respond positively to their 2-0 loss to FC Cape Town on the opening day of the new National First Division season. A goal in each half condemned the People's Team to defeat, but Abrahams, who is in the process of rebuilding the side, feels it is too early to judge their progress based on one match. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za after training on Monday, he said: "There is not a coach in the world that would want to start with a defeat. "We have accepted this loss and will move on from here. It is always about the next game and making sure that we learn from the mistakes we have made." He added: "The first goal they scored, I thought was against the run of play as at the time we looked comfortable on the ball. "The second goal was an own-goal from Tyren which was unfortunate. So, if you take those two moments away then we didn't look like being two goals worse then them." Abrahams further explained: "They are by no means the best team we are going to face - and therein lies the challenge for the players. There are going to be teams who are far tougher than that and we are going to have to dig deep. "I know it is a cliche about being early days, but you can't also be too harsh after the first 90 minutes at the start of a new season - as long as there is an energy and commitment to remedy and rectify what went wrong. "And the players all responded positively this morning and put up their hands after Saturday's game." He concluded: "It will take maybe three or four weeks before we are able to put out our strongest first eleven with one or two little changes here and there, to see where we need a little tweaking. "But having said that it is important we put in a better performance on Friday at Athlone in our first home game of the season." By Trevor Kramer
Aug 25th, 2014 - 13:30
Log Standings
National First Division
# Team Name Pld. Gd. Pts.
1 Vasco Da Gama 2 2 6
2 FC Cape Town 2 2 4
3 Milano United 2 2 4
4 Garankuwa United 2 2 4
5 Witbank Spurs FC 2 2 4
6 Baroka FC 2 1 4
7 Golden Arrows 2 1 4
8 Santos FC 2 -1 3
9 Jomo Cosmos 2 0 2
10 Thanda Royal Zulu 2 0 2
11 Black Leopards 2 -1 1
12 Cape Town All Stars 2 -2 1
13 African Warriors 2 -2 1
14 Highlands Park 2 -2 1
15 Maluti College 2 -2 0
16 Royal Eagles 2 -2 0
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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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Sep 19th, 2014 - 19:30
Royal Eagles
NFD
Home
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Sep 27th, 2014 - 15:00
Golden Arrows
NFD
Away
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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
Away
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Oct 24th, 2014 - 19:30
Cape Town All Stars
NFD
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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
Home
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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
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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
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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