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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Santos v FC Cape Town
Santos will look to end the year on a high with all three points from their National First Division clash with FC Cape Town at Athlone Stadium on Friday evening, kick-off 7.30pm. The People's Team come into this game on the back of a morale-boosting 1-0 win over Vasco Da Gama where Carl Lark's first half strike separated the two sides to lift the team into seventh in the standings. The African Beasts, meanwhile, occupy fifth spot, and come into this match on the back of a 1-1 draw with Milano United - having one won, lost won, and drawn one of their last three encounters. The last time these two sides met, in the opening game of the current season, FC Cape Town ran out 2-0 winners but Head Coach Farouk Abrahams is hoping to use his teams's renewed positive energy to see off another of their Cape rivals. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za, he said: "Coming off a great derby win over Vasco has boosted the confidence of the players and I expect more of the same from the team. "I thought our second half display against Vasco was very mature tactically and it was great to be able to grind out a 1-0 result after being outplayed in the first half." He added:"If we can protect our goal as well against FC Cape Town then it would be up to the likes of Suhayl Allie, Fagrie Lakay and Carl Lark to make use of the scoring chances we will no doubt create. "I am hopeful for three points and a top six slot as we go in to the break which would give us a grand platform from which to strike for promotion in the second round." In team news, apart form a couple of long-term casualties, Santos have a clean bill of health. By Trevor Kramer To contact me please email me on trevor,kramer@gmaill.com
Dec 19th, 2014 - 09:29
MATCH REPORT: Santos see off Vasco
Santos returned to winning ways with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Vasco Da Gama at Athlone Stadium on Friday night. Carl Lark netted his second goal in two games to seal the three points that sees the People's Team jump from 12th place to sixth on the National First Division standings, with 20 points from 15 matches. Vasco, who started this match the better of the two sides, are in ninth place with 18 points from 14 games. In fact in was the visitors who controlled much of the early running with Siseko Manona trying his luck from the edge of the box early on, only for Fagan Muller to make a good block. Santos stopper Keenon Blignaut was then off his line like lightning moments later to deny Jonathan Armogam from racing through on goal. Muller had a shot himself from range but his effort didn't trouble Vasco goalkeeper Abduraghmaan White while Cheslyn Jampies hit a scorching drive just wide of the left upright on 18 minutes. Tshowana Mokonyana then hit the crossbar from wide left from a free-kick before Muller did well to out-muscle Armogam en route to goal. Armogam came even closer to an opener on 30 minutes when he got onto the end of a Manona cross following a slick sweeping move by Vasco but the forward could not direct his shot on target, while at the other end Suhayl Allie's turn and shot was off the mark after a cut-back from Lakay from the right. Blignaut made an excellent one-handed save to deny the increasingly dangerous Armogam before some Barcelona-esque passing from the visitors so nearly created an opening but this time Armogam was denied by a Jampies block. Tshepo Mabua then forced a save from White with 37 minutes played but the keeper could do nothing to prevent Lark from tapping home following a scramble in the box from a Mabua corner to send the hosts into the half-time break one goal to the good. Armogam wasted a 50th minute chance after being expertly set up by Manona before Blignaut denied Samuel Julies ahead of a raft of changes by both sides. Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams introduced the combative Solomon Okpako for Piere Kok and Edwin Sitayitayi for Suhayl Allie before Vasco brought on Strydom Wambi to replace Stanley Muishond as Aleni Lebyane came on for Mokonyane. And while Vasco had the better of the first 45, it was all Santos after the break with Sitayitayi causing the Vasco defence all sorts of problems with his energetic runs. Tony De Nobrega's side should have found an equaliser on 76 minutes though but Wambi somehow managed to miss the target from two metres out after a neat attacking move. Zaakier Williams replaced Lakay late on ahead of a smart save from Blignaut to deny Lebyane before Lark powered a shot just wide after latching on to a Tyren Arendse lay-off. Lebyane then missed his side's best chance after being set up by Matthew Rowell, but despite some late corners and a few nervy moments, Santos ran out victorious ahead of their final match before the holiday break, against FC Cape Town next Friday night at Athlone Stadium. By Trevor Kramer To comment please email me at trevor.kramer@gmail.com
Dec 12th, 2014 - 22:39
BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Santos v Vasco Da Gama
Santos have Vasco Da Gama in their sights as they look return to winning ways with all three points from Friday night's Cape derby at Athlone Stadium, kick-off 7.30pm. While the People's Team have endured a torrid run of results of late, the team have continued to play positive attacking football whilst creating numerous chances. And Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams acknowledges that if his side had taken any number of opportunities in recent games then they may well have come away with a handful of victories ahead of the holiday break. Cape soccer fans have been enjoying a raft of local derbies this festive season and after flocking to the Slaughter House to see the People's Team take on Milano last Friday, the players and staff at Santos are looking forward to similar boisterous support for their last two matches in Cape Town ahead of the holiday break. The People's Team play FC Cape Town in Athlone on Friday, December 19 2014 before returning to action on Wednesday, February 11 2015 against Maluti FET College. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za, Abrahams said: "It's difficult to fathom that things have not worked for us of late because we have been more creative in the matches we lost than in those we won." Reflecting on the recent 3-2 defeat to Thanda Royal Zulu in the Nedbank Cup, he added: "The guys were brilliant when we went down to ten men for the whole second half against Thanda Royal Zulu and with a bit more luck and some composure in front of goal we would be through to the next round of the Nedbank Cup. "We are a team of fighters so it is not impossible to beat Vasco in tomorrow night's derby. "We just need to focus on our strengths and defend our goal a bit better to set the platform for our attacking players to seal the game for us. "Discipline will be also key so that we keep our heads in the inevitable physical encounters expected in a Cape derby. "I can only appeal that our supporters keep faith in the boys because they are working very hard to get back to winning ways." Santos come into this tie in 12th place with 17 points from 14 matches - some seven points adrift of leaders Milano and with seven more points than Maluti FET College in 16th. Vasco, who have drawn their past three games 1-1 with Garankuwa, Golden Arrows and Baroka ahead of a 4-0 defeat to Jomo Cosmos, are in eighth with 18 points from 13 games. In team news Xolani Mabaso, Faizel Johnson, Handsome Sibanda remain side-lined with their respective injuries while Darron Omaticus is suspended for his sending off against Milano. By Trevor Kramer Send your comments to trevor.kramer@gmail.com
Dec 11th, 2014 - 19:38
Santos ready for war!
I felt a sense of real purpose from the Santos lads on the way back from the airport on Wednesday afternoon after tagging along to catch up with the players following their midweek excursion to Thanda in the Nedbank Cup. It had been a difficult fortnight for the club with several National First Division losses before a narrow 3-2 defeat to the in-form KwaZulu Natal side in the preliminary stages of the annual knock-out competition. But with no time to dwell ahead of another Cape derby - against Vasco Da Gama at Athlone Stadium on Friday night - the players revealed they were ready to dust themselves off ahead of yet another Cape derby - against FC Cape Town ahead of a much-needed holiday break! Speaking firstly to Keenon Blignaut, who had taken the reins from Pa Dembo Touray for this cup clash, he explained that it was the red card to Shaheed Mobara that derailed his side's chances on the day. Ace Bhengu had given Thanda a first half lead before Mobara was dismissed early in the second half. And despite Carl Lark netting an equaliser and Suhayl Allie burying a late spot-kick, further goals from Bhengu and Innocent Maela sealed the result. Blignaut told thepeoplesteam.co.za: "We were confident because we had already beaten Thanda in the league this season and although we knew it wouldn't be easy, we were up for the challenge. "And we played well until the red card, which was a blow because at that stage we were one-nil down and had to chase the game. "But the guys showed character out there and we played our hearts out." Running me through the goals, the lads explained that Lark took his chance well after a great run and cross from Zaakier Williams on the right flank while Edwin Sitayitayi had earned the penalty that Allie expertly dispatched late on. But as Fagrie Lakay further explained, the side played well but just didn't take their chances when presented to them. Lakay added: "I personally had two chances to score, but the first I hit the keeper and the second I hit the woodwork, so it wasn't my day!" Sachin Dawood, meanwhile, intimated that each and every player needed to 'pick themselves up' to be ready for what promises to be another feisty derby, this weekend. "Everybody has to pick themselves up after four losses in a row. Hopefully in the next game the guys will show the same type of character that we showed with 10 men against Thanda and get the three points." Blignaut concluded: "For derbies, you need character. "Cape Town teams fight against each other so coming up against Vasco will be a war and anything can happen in a derby!" By Trevor Kramer To comment on this story, please email me on trevor.kramer@gmail.com
Dec 11th, 2014 - 10:11
Santos suffer Nedbank exit
10-man Santos went down 3-2 to Thanda Royal Zulu FC in the preliminary round of the Nedbank Cup on Tuesday afternoon. Ace Bhengu opened the scoring in the first half before the People's Team had Shaheed Mobara dismissed early in the second period. But despite being a man down, Carl Lark bagged an equaliser midway through the second half But further goals from Bhengu and Innocent Maela sealed the result despite Suhayl Allie netting a late penalty. Up next for Santos is a National First Division encounter against Vasco Da Gama at Athlone Stadium on Friday night, kick-off 7.30pm.
Dec 11th, 2014 - 10:10
NEDBANK CUP PREVIEW: Thanda Royal Zulu FC v Santos
Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams says a positive result against Thanda Royal Zulu FC in the preliminary round of the Nedbank Cup on Wednesday afternoon will lift his players. The Peoples Team have lost their last three National First Division encounters and must now travel to Richards Bay to face Thanda ahead of a home tie with Vasco Da Gama on Friday night. And after admitting to be 'gutted' by the 2-1 loss to rivals Milano United in the National First Division derby at Philippi Stadium in their last clash this past weekend, the Santos boss exclaimed that his side will not stay down for long. Speaking to thepeoplesteam shortly before jetting off, Abrahams said: "I was gutted to lose to Milano because we played well but gifted them two goals. "But now we can use the cup match against Thanda to get out of this mini slump." After a sensational 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Black Leopards, Santos lost to Highlands Park and Baroka FC before facing Eezy My Kinnes. He added: "We are too good a team to not win football matches, but we have been our own worst enemies recently and I am banking on the boys to bring their 'A' game tomorrow. "A positive result would stand us in good stead for Friday's derby against Vasco." All the Nedbank Cup fixtures: All games kick off at 3pm Tuesday, 9 December FC Cape Town v Baroka FC, NNK Rugby Stadium Thanda Royal Zulu v Santos FC, Umhlathuze Stadium Maluti FET College v Royal Eagles, Charles Mopeli Stadium Highlands Park v Vasco Da Gama, Makhulong Stadium Wednesday, 10 December Black Leopards v Witbank Spurs, Thohoyandou Stadium Jomo Cosmos v Cape Town All Stars, Vaal Tech Stadium African Warriors v GaRankuwa United, Charles Mopeli Stadium Lamontville Golden Arrows v Milano United, Chatsworth Stadium
Dec 8th, 2014 - 16:32
MATCH REPORT: Milano edge Santos
Santos went down 2-1 to Milano United in a frenetic National First Division encounter at the Philippi Stadium that saw both sides end the match with 10-men. Fagan Muller got the People's Team off to the perfect start when he tapped home in the seventh minute but Brandon Theron equalised when he made the most of some poor defending to equalise after 24 minutes. Second-half substitute Brent Adonis then struck the killer goal with what turned out to be the winner with 76 minutes on the clock. Santos had started brightly with Fagrie Lakay trying his luck with an early first-time strike that flew wide of Lee Langeveldt's goal before some excellent approach play from Deniro Stanley and Devon Saal resulted in the latter's shot being well blocked by the visiting defence. But the People's Team soon found themselves a goal to the good when Muller struck following a Sizwe Nyambi free-kick that saw Langeveldt's parried save from Brian Onyango's back post header fall kindly for the advancing centre-back. Stanley came close to an equaliser on ten minutes when he beat Pa Dembo Touray to a lofted ball although he only succeeded in finding the roof of the net. Theron then forced a good save from Touray after Stanley had drawn a double block from Muller and Onyango. Theron though could not miss his next chance though after a good cross from the right bypassed both centre back's to give the striker a simple finish. And with the half winding down, Saching Dawood was forced to clear an acrobatic effort from Nasief Morris off the line ahead of an Allie thunderbolt from the edge of the box that just clipped the crossbar as Lark forced a low save from the Milano stopper. But the final piece of action of the first 45 minutes saw Stanley hit the crossbar with an excellent shot in the turn. Allie volleyed over the crossbar for the first chance of the second period before Arendse volleyed another effort wide, this time from a Lakay long throw. Stanley may well have scored with another good effort on 55 minutes but again he only found the woodwork while Langeveldt came off his line very quickly to deny Lakay from finishing off a powerful run into the box. A superbly worked free-kick from Milano on 70 minutes may well have reaped more reward but Stoffels could not take his chance when the ball fell to him from a Taariq Fielies knockdown. Morris came as close as anyone to providing a goal for Milano after finding himself way up the field, but his cut-back from the left was well saved by Touray. But a second goal for the hosts was not long in coming, and shortly after his introduction, Adonis found himself celebrating a headed effort having snuck behind the Santos defence from a curling Fielies set-piece. Lakay and Co. kept probing, with the young Bafana striker keeping Langeveldt on his toes on 81 minutes before a moment of madness from Darron Omaticus and Richard Webber saw both players dismissed. There was very little to write home about but after dishing out cards like Christmas cake throughout this tie, it was inevitable that the referee would find himself brandishing a red...or two. A final throw of the dice for Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams saw Gregory Roelf introduced for Sachin Dawood, but try as they might, Santos could not find a way through a resolute Milano defence who held on for all three points. The result sees Santos drop to tenth on the standings with 17 points from 14 games while Eezy My Kinnes reclaimed top spot from Jomo Cosmos on 27 points from their 14 matches played thus far. By Trevor Kramer
Dec 5th, 2014 - 22:56
'Derbies are not for the faint-hearted'
Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams wants his players to put their bodies on the line when they face Milano United FC in the massive local National First Division derby at Philippi Stadium on Friday night. Eezy My Kinnes have turned the Slaughter House into something of a fortress this season, following on from Chippa United's exploits of last term, losing just the once at the popular venue - in another Cape derby to Vasco Da Gama. And following on from defeat to Baroka at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday, Abrahams revealed the pain he felt from the loss. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za shortly before the side's pre-match meal ahead of the crunch clash, he said: "Losing 4-0 against Baroka was not a true reflection of the game because we created enough scoring chances to win four games. "I am hopeful that we will not be so wasteful against Milano. "Of more concern though is the way we are conceding such soft goals. It is painful because we have a number of experienced defenders and should be less charitable at the back." A veteran of many Cape derbies during his time with Cape Town Spurs, the former goalkeeper added: "Derbies are not for the faint-hearted. We know what to expect and the players are prepared to put their bodies on the line to secure the three points." ENTRY IS FREE TO ALL SPECTATORS AT THE PHILIPPI STADIUM By Trevor Kramer
Dec 5th, 2014 - 14:45
Log Standings
National First Division
# Team Name Pld. Gd. Pts.
1 Jomo Cosmos 16 16 32
2 Golden Arrows 16 6 30
3 Milano United 16 10 29
4 Thanda Royal Zulu 16 14 28
5 Santos FC 16 -3 23
6 Baroka FC 16 6 22
7 Cape Town All Stars 16 1 22
8 Vasco Da Gama 16 -2 22
9 FC Cape Town 16 3 21
10 Royal Eagles 16 -4 20
11 Black Leopards 16 -3 18
12 Witbank Spurs FC 16 -5 18
13 Highlands Park 16 -7 17
14 African Warriors 16 -8 17
15 Garankuwa United 16 -4 12
16 Maluti College 16 -20 8
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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
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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
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Santos clip Royal Eagles
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Sep 27th, 2014 - 15:00
Golden Arrows
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Santos downed in Durban
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Oct 3rd, 2014 - 19:30
Thanda Royal Zulu
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Santos too strong for Thanda
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Oct 18th, 2014 - 15:30
Jomo Cosmos
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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
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Santos record first away win
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Nov 8th, 2014 - 15:30
Witbank Spurs FC
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MATCH REPORT: Spurs sneak past Santos
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Nov 22nd, 2014 - 19:30
Black Leopards
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Santos edge Lidoda Duvha
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Nov 26th, 2014 - 19:30
Highlands Park
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Santos stifled by Highlands Park
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Dec 5th, 2014 - 19:30
Milano United
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Dec 12th, 2014 - 19:30
Vasco Da Gama
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Dec 19th, 2014 - 19:30
FC Cape Town
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Results
Sep 18th, 2013 - 15:00
Vasco Da Gama
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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.
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
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Santos held by Leopards
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Oct 20th, 2013 - 15:30
United FC
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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
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Santos too strong for African Beasts
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Nov 8th, 2013 - 19:30
Jomo Cosmos
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The People's Team share the spoils with Ezenkosi
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Nov 23rd, 2013 - 15:30
Roses United
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Allie sends Roses packing!
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Nov 27th, 2013 - 19:30
African Warriors
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Santos make it two wins on the trot
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Nov 30th, 2013 - 15:30
Baroka FC
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Santos suffer last-gasp defeat
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Dec 7th, 2013 - 19:30
Witbank Spurs FC
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Santos suffer late heart-break at home to Spurs
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Dec 18th, 2013 - 19:30
Chippa United
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Santos cruise into Nedbank Cup last 32
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Dec 21st, 2013 - 18:00
Blackburn Rovers
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Santos held by Rovers in PE
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Jan 11th, 2014 - 15:30
Vasco Da Gama
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Santos pay the penalty at Parow Park
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