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Condolences Mr. Burton
The management, players and staff of Santos FC extend their heartfelt condolences to Edries Burton, former Santos FC chief operations officer, following the sad loss of his beloved father, Yusuf Burton, earlier today. We wish him and his family strength and peace during this difficult time. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un From Allah we come and to Him it is we return. Holy Quran, Sura Al-Baqara, Verse 156.
Oct 22nd, 2014 - 21:35
Rayners has star quality
Iqraam Rayners was named Man of the Match by his teammates following a starring performance in the 2-0 loss to Jomo Cosmos at the Vaal University of Technology on Sunday. The 18-year-old was given a starting debut by Head Coach Farouk Abrahams, who also selected 20-year-old goalkeeper Keenon Blignaut for the first time. Both players performed better than expected, despite the result, with Rayners excellent down the right flank before being replaced by flying winger Darron Omaticus with 20 minutes of the match remaining. Such was Rayners' impact in the match that Santos should have found themselves a goal up after just one minute, but there was no one at the back post to slot home an excellent cross from the youngster. Rayners continued to create opportunities throughout the tie and may well have scored himself yet for some well-placed Cosmos bodies to block his efforts on goal. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za after training on Tuesday, he said: "It was a great feeling to make my debut and I thought I put in a good performance. "I didn't expect to do as well as I did because I was very nervous. "But the players encouraged me and were pleased with my performance and after the match they said I was their Man of the Match." Rayners only discovered he was in the starting line-up while in Johannesburg, having travelled with the squad for the first time. "Coach told me the Thursday before the game that I was in the squad and announced the team in a team meeting in Joburg. "We had a talk about the team and who was going to start and what our responsibilities were. It was my job to work up and down the line, to help attack when going forward and defend when we lose the ball. "Coach said he thought I did well but I will need more game time to get better and better and do that I must keep working hard in training." By Trevor Kramer
Oct 21st, 2014 - 13:40
Young keeper grabs his chance with both hands
Keenon Blignaut got his first taste of first team football when he turned out for Santos in the National First Division clash against Jomo Cosmos on the weekend. And despite suffering a 2-0 loss to Ezenkosi, the 20-year-old stopper put in an exemplary performance to earn the praise of his teammates. Blignaut, who began life with the People's Team as a junior, and has gone on to represent South Africa at Under 17 level in World Cup qualifiers, has had to bide his time since joining the club in 2010. He was a star performer as Santos reached the semi-finals of the Engen Under 17 tournament and the Metropolitan Premier Cup - in two successive seasons - before making the step up to senior football with the club's Castle and Vodacom sides - all the while training with the professional team. And after two seasons as understudy to both Lee Langeveldt and Pa Dembo Touray, the talented young keeper finally got a chance to prove his worth - under a coach not scared to promote youngsters from within the club. In his short time here, Head Coach Farouk Abrahams has given debuts to Dean Kowalski, Iqraam Rayners and now Blignaut with that trend expected to continue. Speaking to thepeoplesteam after training on Tuesday, Blignaut said: "I think I did well in the Cosmos game although I was unlucky with the two goals conceded. "I thought I could have done better with the second goal but with the first one I stood no chance." He added: "I was expecting to play sooner or later because I was performing well at training and Pa can't play all the games. "I won't lie, I was very nervous but I got over it and told myself I can do it. "Coach was also very pleased with my performance although as a team I don't think we played to our best. "I don't want to blame the conditions but the guys were a bit sluggish in the first half and we caught our breathe in the second half because that is when we started playing and attacking them." Next up for Santos is a home derby against Boebie Solomons' Cape Town All Stars team, and Blignaught is hoping to keep the number one jersey for that match as well. "I'm ready for the derby; I'm hoping to play and to keep a clean sheet." By Trevor Kramer
Oct 21st, 2014 - 13:12
Lakay loving the lowlands
Fagrie Lakay has already impressed the coaches at PEC Zwolle in his short time at the Dutch club where he is spending a week on trial. The Santos Academy graduate, who recently received his first Bafana Bafana call-up after shining for the U20s and U23s, flew out to the Netherlands over the weekend where he will take part in training and some friendly games. And word from the club is that the young star is so far living up to the hype currently surrounding his performances for both club and country. Zwolle’s Technical Director Gerard Nijkamp told African Football: “Fagrie is training with us now, but only began yesterday so it is still early days. “On Monday he will play in a friendly game for our under 23 side against Utrecht, and we will give him time to adapt. “For his age he has good speed and technique. We are also impressed with his physical approach to the game at his age." By Trevor Kramer facebook.com/thepeoplesteam twitter.com/thepeoplesteam
Oct 21st, 2014 - 11:08
Abrahams: We need to toughen up
Santos Coach Farouk Abrahams explains that his squad need to work on developing a stronger mentality away from home following the 2-0 loss to Jomo Cosmos on Sunday afternoon. The People's Team have so far won all three of their home ties while losing three and drawing one match on their travels. Despite putting in another competitive performance, at the Vaal University of Technology, Abrahams found himself again bemoaning the loss of points on the road. After missing a couple of early chances, Cosmos attacker Charlton Mashumba opened the scoring with a well-placed goal from the edge of the box after 20 minutes before Frederic Nsabiyumva doubled the host's lead just four minutes later with a simple finish after finding himself unmarked from a free kick. And despite rallying throughout the second half in search of a comeback, Santos were unable to find a breakthrough before being further compounded as Tyren Arendse saw red late in the game. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za on Monday morning, Abrahams said: "We have a mind shift when we play away from home. "The same players that give you so much at home don't seem to have the same energy or enthusiasm when we play away which is a concern." He added: "We are trying to look at the problem constructively without being too harsh and too critical but it has become a pattern now and we need to break away from this mind-set." Looking at the key moments in the match, the coach explained: "There are so many moments against a team like Cosmos where you get space to play as they don't compete for 90 minutes. They zap in and out of the game with some good football but mostly it is route one so you have time to also play football - and you need to be positive and constructive when you have the ball." Abrahams revealed that Cosmos narrowed their already small field in anticipation of the tie. "They made the field very compact; they made it the minimum size possible and Jomo (Sono) admitted that himself as they knew we needed a bit more space - which I thought was quite cynical." Reflecting on the impact he had on the game, Abrahams revealed: "In the first half we were tactically out of the game but got back into it in the second half after making two early changes. "We then hit the bar and had one or two chances where the ball was scrambled off the line, while there were a few headers that flew just wide of the poles, so we had our chances. "But it was just one of those days where you could sense it was not going to happen." Abrahams singled out a few players for their individual contributions, namely 18-year-old winger Iqraam Rayners and young stopper Keenon Blignaut who made a rare appearance with Pa Dembo Touray out injured. By Trevor Kramer
Oct 20th, 2014 - 13:26
Santos unlucky on the road
Santos lost 2-0 to Jomo Cosmos at the Vaal University of Technology on Sunday afternoon. Charlton Mashumba opened the scoring for Ezenkosi after 20 minutes before Frederic Nsabiyumva doubled the host's lead just four minutes later. Despite rallying throughout the second half in search of a comeback, Santos were unable to find a breakthrough before being further compounded as Tyren Arendse saw red late in the game. The result sees the People's Team drop to ninth in the National First Division standings on 10 points from seven games with Cosmos moving on to 10 points in eighth spot. All the results in full Sunday, October 19, 2014 Jomo Cosmos 2-0 Santos Highlands Park 2-2 Royal Eagles Saturday, October 18, 2014 Black Leopards 5-0 Maluti FET College Golden Arrows 1-0 Garankuwa United FC Cape Town 1-1 Baroka FC African Warriors 0-0 Witbank Spurs Friday, October 17, 2014 Milano United AFC 1-2 Vasco Da Gama Cape Town All Stars 0-3 Thanda Royal Zulu FC
Oct 20th, 2014 - 00:03
Allie eyes goals and three points
Suhayl Allie intends to add to his goal tally when Santos take on Jomo Cosmos in their upcoming National First Division on Sunday afternoon. The young striker has hit the net four times in the last five matches, putting him alongside Milano United's Brent Adonis and Phumelele Bhengu from Thanda Royal Zulu as the early frontrunners for the Golden Boot. And following a week off due to the international break, Allie says he and his team-mates are raring to go against a Cosmos side still finding their feet this term. The People's Team, currently in fifth place with 10 points, come into this game on the back of a hard-fought 2-1 win over while Ezenkosi played out a 0-0 draw with Golden Arrows, leaving them in 10th place with seven points. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za after training on Friday, Allie said: "The week off hasn't really affected us as we've kept a very competitive atmosphere in training. "During small-sided games everyone always wants to win so that helps us maintain that competitive edge." Looking ahead to the Cosmos tie, he added: "We are confident of picking up all three points but at the same time we know Cosmos will give us a tough game "We will approach the match cautiously because we know what they are all about." He added: "Obviously the climate and the altitude are a bit different but this season we've been a lot more confident playing away from home. "While last season we were content to settle for the draw on the road, now we are always looking for the three points. "Our mind-set this season is to go into every game wanting a win." And reflecting on his goal scoring form thus far, Allie added: "I'm playing more as an out-and-out striker at the moment so in that sense it has been easier for me to get amongst the goals. "I can't take full credit though as I have been getting great service up front. I've had some great opportunities where I have just had to put the ball in the net." And finally a few words on Coach Farouk Abrahams, who has looked to start the young striker in every game he has been available. "Coach Farouk has given me a lot of confidence as a player; he really believes in me, so I need to give back what he has given me and this is a great opportunity for us to get three points. "And at the end of the day if we want to win the league we need to win games away from home." By Trevor Kramer
Oct 17th, 2014 - 12:50
The NFD returns this weekend
Santos are back in action this week, following the international break, with a National First Division match against Jomo Cosmos at the Vaal University of Technology on Sunday. The People's Team come into this match on the back of an important 2-1 win over Thanda Royal Zulu, leaving them in fifth place on the standings with 10 points from six games. Ezenkosi, meanwhile, drew 0-0 with Golden Arrows last time out that sees them currently occupy 10th place with seven points. All the weekend's fixtures: National First Division Friday, October 17, 2014 19:30 Milano United AFC v Vasco Da Gama, Philippi Stadium 19:30 Cape Town All Stars v Thanda Royal Zulu FC, Athlone Stadium Saturday, October 18, 2014 15:30 Black Leopards v Maluti FET College, Thohoyandou Stadium 15:30 Golden Arrows v Garankuwa United Chatsworth Stadium 15:30 FC Cape Town v Baroka FC, NNK Rugby Stadium 15:30 African Warriors v Witbank Spurs, Charles Mopeli Stadium Sunday, October 19, 2014 15:30 Jomo Cosmos v Santos, Vaal University of Technology 15:30 Highlands Park v Royal Eagles, Makhulong Stadium
Oct 16th, 2014 - 11:42
Log Standings
National First Division
# Team Name Pld. Gd. Pts.
1 Golden Arrows 7 4 15
2 Milano United 7 6 14
3 FC Cape Town 8 6 14
4 Vasco Da Gama 7 2 14
5 Black Leopards 7 6 11
6 Thanda Royal Zulu 7 4 10
7 Witbank Spurs FC 7 3 10
8 Jomo Cosmos 7 1 10
9 Santos FC 7 -3 10
10 Baroka FC 7 -2 7
11 Royal Eagles 7 -3 6
12 Highlands Park 7 -3 6
13 African Warriors 7 -5 6
14 Garankuwa United 7 -4 5
15 Cape Town All Stars 7 -5 5
16 Maluti College 8 -11 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
NFD
Home
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Oct 29th, 2014 - 19:30
Garankuwa United
NFD
Away
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Nov 2nd, 2014 - 15:30
Highlands Park
NFD
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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
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
Home
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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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