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Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams was disappointed to have dropped two points in the 1-1 draw away to African Warriors on Saturday but nonet...
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Santos claim Under 13 Build It Title
The Santos Academy Under 13 side were crowned the Build It Wynberg Champions after beating Morgenster United 1-0 in the final played at the William Herbert Sports Complex on Sunday. Coach Ebrahim Layman's side started the one-day event with a tight 1-0 win over Greenwood Athletic before a 0-0 draw with Ashley Rovers. Another 1-0 win, this time over Muizenburg was followed by a 1-0 defeat of Westridge and a 1-0 victory over Montague Spurs in the semi-finals. A tense final was played to a full house in Wynberg where a solitary goal by Ridaa De Villiers late in the second half secured the win. Following the final match, all the participating teams were handed a ball by the sponsors Build It while a number of Santos players were named in the Build It Team of the Tournament, including Captain Jayden Zeeman, Jade Rudolf, Lyle Willemse and Peter Kekana. Well done to the Under 13s and their Coach on this excellent achievement. By Trevor Kramer
Sep 15th, 2014 - 13:35
Santos held by Warriors
Santos played to a hard-fought 1-1 away draw against African Warriors at the Charles Mopeli Stadium on Saturday. The People's Team got off to the best possible start with a superb finish from Tyren Arendse from a pin-point Fagrie Lakay cross after just five minutes. And despite creating numerous chances, it was Warriors who had the final say as they equalised in the 90th minute to claim a share of the spoils.
Sep 13th, 2014 - 22:32
BIG MATCH PREVIEW: African Warriors v Santos
Santos travel to the Free State for their first real away match of the season to face African Warriors at the Charles Mopeli Stadium on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm. The People's Team come into this tie on the back of a pulsating 3-2 win over Maluti FET College t Athlone Stadium having lost to FC Cape Town 2-0 at the NNK Stadium in the season opener. Warriors, meanwhile, kicked off their 2014/15 National First Division campaign with a 3-1 loss to Milano United before drawing 1-1 with FC Cape Town. And heading into this clash, Head Coach Farouk Abrahams revealed he is very happy with the way his squad is responding to his training and is eyeing up all three points this weekend. He told thepeoplesteam.co.za: "If you go by the performances in training you will probably feel you can win any football match because everybody is energetic and enjoying themselves. "But it is about the big match temperament on the day. The players need to come with the right temperament for an away game." He added: "I would expect the players to believe we will beat Warriors having watched them against Milano. "From what I saw there was nothing that should really scare us. "On the day they can obviously bring their 'A-game' but I did pick up one or two chinks in their armour that we could exploit." He further explained: "All the teams in this league are very competitive and the one that has the best temperament in the end - to be calm under pressure and composed up front - will be successful in reaching their aims. "But as far as this match goes, I am hopeful we will come away with the three points." The last time Santos faced Warriors, a brace from Edwin Sitayitayi secured a 2-0 victory while a single goal from Zaakir Williams was enough to claim all three points in the first round match played in April last season. In team news, Suhaly Allie, Tshepo Mabua and Xolani Mabaso are all out with minor knocks. By Trevor Kramer
Sep 12th, 2014 - 13:23
Santos Junior and Senior Fixtures for the weekend
It's squeaky bum time as the 2014 Junior and Senior season's come to an end, so your support is needed now more than ever! Fixtures Saturday 13 September 2014 Under 7 All Stars v Santos A, WHSG B1 @ 11h00 Under 13 Knock-Out: Stephanians Ottery A v Santos B, WHSG @ 09h45 Under 15 Knock-Out: Greenwood Athletic v Santos A, WHSG @ 11h15 Garlandale v Santos B, Kromboom @ 09h45 Under 17 Coke Cup: Masadlilae v Santos, Liguletho B @ 11h30 Premier Division Eagle Wings v Santos, WHSG H @ 14h00
Sep 12th, 2014 - 12:00
Williams: We'll hit them where it hurts
Santos winger Zaakir Williams is relishing life under Farouk Abrahams this season and is determined to play his part in the club's promotion push. The 20-year-old Ajax Cape Town academy product struggled to command a regular starting place under Coach David Notoane, but has already shown his ability with some sterling performances, against both FC Cape Town and Maluti FET College this term. And ahead of the team's first real away trip of the season, to face African Warriors at the Charles Mopeli Stadium in the Free State on Saturday, Williams is eager to make the most of the opportunity presented to him by the new man at the helm. Santos defeated Warriors twice last season with Williams bagging the only goal of the match in a 1-0 victory in the corresponding away fixture. And speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za before flying out with the squad, he said: "Yes, last season was a bit tough for me as I was not playing as much as I would have liked. "But I kept a positive mind-set with a new coach coming in." He added: "Basically my approach to this season was to start the way I ended off last season where I was doing quite well; to always keep working hard at my game and improving. "And Coach Farouk has shown quite a lot of faith in me because he feels I can do the job. "Now it is for me to show him that his faith is not misplaced." Reflecting on the club's start to the season so far, and the upcoming game with Warriors, Williams added: "It is early days to predict what will happen in the league. The first game was a bit of a hiccup while in the second game we found our footing. "I think we actually have a deadly team that creates good chances, but now it is just about finishing off those chances by getting more aggressive in front of the poles and letting the other teams know that we mean business. "Obviously African Warriors are going to come hard at us because it is their home ground and it won't be easy. "But we are confident of getting a win because we studied their strengths and weaknesses, and as long as we hit them where it hurts we will come away with the three points." By Trevor Kramer
Sep 12th, 2014 - 11:16
Abrahams reflects on the week that was...
Santos Head Coach Faouk Abrahams reflects on the past week that saw the club play a number of friendlies including a clash with Bafana Bafana where Fagrie Lakay again showed his class with an outstanding goal. The club used the FIFA-sanctioned international break to keep the players active and while Coach Abrahams revealed that he is not a major fan of friendly matches, he was delighted with the opportunity to have faced the South African National team, as they prepare for a crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Nigeria, at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za on Wednesday, he explained: "I'm not a fan of friendlies to be honest. "There is a looseness and players tend to get injured more in friendlies than in competitive games. "It was really just to keep the guys busy for the week-long break that we had although the Bafana game was an experience for the guys." He added: "I tried to get an impossible amount of guys onto the field, and I think we went through about 27 players in 90 minutes just to give everybody a feel of what it is like to play against Bafana. "Sometimes you get more ideas and information from a good 11 v 11 training match where you can stop the proceedings and direct, and imprint what you want them to do and that can be more beneficial. "But, all-in-all, we had a productive week, and the players were definitely buoyed by the Bafana game, so we are ready and looking forward to a tough away match against African Warriors this weekend." Santos face Warriors at the Charles Mopeli Stadium in the Free State on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm. By Trevor Kramer
Sep 10th, 2014 - 13:45
Coach Farouk promotes from within
Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams has promoted two academy coaches to be part of his technical team for the current season. ABC Motsepe League Coach Ayyoob Gester and Castle League Coach Keith America, who are both longstanding members of the Santos family, will now assist the side going forward. The duo will remain with their respective teams while working alongside Coach Abrahams during training and National First Division matches. Coach Abrahams had been working with a small coaching staff as he looked to promote from within - and is delighted to be able to utilise the services of these two high-level coaches. They will join fitness trainer Mark Whelan, who has also seen his role expanded under the new man at the helm this term. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za following the announcement, he said: "I've got a philosophy of promoting from within. "These are educated, talented guys who have been around for a long time, and they are part of the culture of the club. "Coach Keith and Coach Ayyoob will play an important role in the squad. We have a big squad and it is important to have competent people that I can rely on." "If you look at Mark, last season his role was limited to just that of a fitness trainer, but he is also a coach and I've given him more responsibility and he is loving it, and is doing an excellent job." He added: "It's important for the progression of the club and the coaches that we elevate people from within." Abrahams will also take a more active role in the Youth Academy, where he will look to restructure where necessary, in order to ensure that all Santos juniors are provided with the best possible chance to succeed in the professional set-up. He explained: "With the help of the youth coaches, I will oversee the academy by taking an active role in the coaching to try and restructure - with the emphasis on creating a more defined club identity." He added: "If the first team plays to a certain formation or a style of football, then all the youth coaches must buy into that and try to get the kids to play in that way from a young age. "This means they are comfortable as they progress through the system. "It won't be a rigid structure at this stage but I will offer guidance to the coaches as, like I already said, I am a firm believer in empowering people, respecting people's abilities, and promoting from within." "I feel it creates a healthy competitive atmosphere that can only benefit the club in the long term." By Trevor Kramer
Sep 10th, 2014 - 13:03
The NFD returns this weekend
The National First Division resumes this weekend after a week off for the FIFA-sanctioned international break. While there were no official matches, Santos kept busy with a number of friendly matches, against Glendene United, FC Kaapstad and Bafana Bafana. The South African National Team are in action against Nigeria at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday, and Santos were more than happy to help them prepare for their massive AFCON qualifier. Up next for the People's Team, though, is an away trip to Phuthaditjhaba to face African Warriors at the Charles Mopeli Stadium. Week review and match preview to follow... All the National First Division Fixtures Friday, September 12, 2014 19:30 Royal Eagles v Maluti FET College, King Zwelithini Stadium 19:30 Cape Town All Stars v Baroka FC, Athlone Stadium Saturday, September 13, 2014 15:00 Black Leopards v Garankuwa United, Thohoyandou Stadium 15:00 FC Cape Town v Golden Arrows, NNK Rugby Stadium 15:00 Thanda Royal Zulu FC v Vasco Da Gama, Umhlathuze Sports Complex 15:00 African Warriors v Santos, Charles Mopeli Stadium 15:00 Milano United AFC v Jomo Cosmos, Philippi Stadium Sunday, September 14, 2014 15:00 Highlands Park v Witbank Spurs, Makhulong Stadium
Sep 10th, 2014 - 09:42
Log Standings
National First Division
# Team Name Pld. Gd. Pts.
1 FC Cape Town 4 4 8
2 Milano United 3 5 7
3 Vasco Da Gama 3 2 7
4 Garankuwa United 3 2 5
5 Baroka FC 3 1 5
6 Golden Arrows 3 1 5
7 Witbank Spurs FC 2 2 4
8 Santos FC 3 -1 4
9 Thanda Royal Zulu 3 0 3
10 Royal Eagles 3 -1 3
11 Black Leopards 3 -1 2
12 Cape Town All Stars 3 -2 2
13 African Warriors 3 -2 2
14 Jomo Cosmos 3 -3 2
15 Highlands Park 2 -2 1
16 Maluti College 4 -5 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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Santos held by Warriors
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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
Home
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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
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
Home
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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
Home
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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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