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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 midway through 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 75minutes, Santos always looked like claiming the points from this one.
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
Engen Knockout Challenge 2014 - Day Three Wrap
ASD Cape Town were crowned 2014 Engen Knockout Challenge Champions following their hard-fought 1-0 victory over Liverpool-Portlands at the Stephen Reagan Sports Complex in Westridge, Mitchell's Plain on Sunday. Caleb Sampson netted the only goal of the tie to ensure that last year's losing finalists went one better this time around. Santos, meanwhile, endured a frustrating Engen with their tournament ending with a narrow 2-1 defeat to rivals Milano United. The People's Team had taken an early lead but were unable to convert any number of chances as the match wore on and were ultimately undone by the Grassy Park side. The defeat capped off a dismal day for the Under 17s who had earlier lost 5-3 on penalties to the Western Cape Sports School, after drawing the match 1-1. All the results from the final day's action are here: Engen Knockout Challenge Results Sunday 24 August 2014 Engen Play-off Round Old Mutual 3-2 Hanover Park All Stars 1-0 JMI CT WC Sports School 1-1 Santos: WC Sports School won 5-3 penalties Milano 2-3 Bluedowns Spurs Engen Semi-Final Championship ASD Cape Town 1-0 Glendene Atlantic Nacional 0-1 Liverpool-Portlands Engen Play-off Round Ajax Cape Town 0-0 Crusaders: Crusaders won on penalties 4-2 Hellenic 0-0 Chippa: Hellenic won 5-4 on penalties Engen Play-offs from 9th to 16th Position Santos 1-2 Milano Hanover Park 0-1 JMI WC Sports School 4-0 Bluedowns Old Mutual 1-0 All Stars Engen Play-off from 3rd to 8th Position Ajax CT 2-1 Chippa Crusaders 1-3 Hellenic Glendene 1-0 Atlantic Nacional Engen Championship Final 1st and 2nd Position ASD Cape Town 1-0 Liverpool-Portlands A number of individual awards were also dished out with all the winners listed below: Engen Knockout Challenge Awards Coach of the Tournament Mark Brown (Liverpool) Defender of the Tournament Riyaaz Ismail (Hellenic) Midfielder of the Tournament Robin Lee Baatjies (Nacional) Player of the Tournament Robin Lee Baatjies (Nacional) Striker of the Tournament Jody Jasen (Glendene) Top Goalscorer (8 Goals) Jody Jasen (Glendene) Goalkeeper of the Tournament Darren Johnson (ASD) First Hatrick Heinrich van Zyl (Chippa) Quickest Goal Heinrich van Zyl (Chippa) Fair Play Team Crusaders
Aug 25th, 2014 - 11:20
Engen Knockout Challenge 2014 - Day Two Wrap
Santos saw their Engen Knockout Challenge assault halted following a draw and a loss in the group stages on Day Two at the Stephen Reagan Sports Complex in Westridge, Mitchell's Plain. The People's Team Under 17s followed up their opening day 1-1 draw with Glendene with a 0-0 stalemate against Bluedowns on Saturday morning, with neither side able to make the most of their chances in a fierce encounter. A 2-0 loss to the tournament's surpise package Liverpool-Portlands, however, meant that Santos finished third in Group C and had to settle for a 3rd/4th place play-off clash with Hanover Park. Again neither side was able to break the deadlock following a frenetic encounter, forcing the tie to penalties with Hanover Park edging the hosts 5-4. ------------- Saturday 23 August 2014 Results Group Stages - Day Two Ajax CT 0-0 Hellenic All Stars 0-1 Old Mutual ASD CT 1-2 Atlantic Nacional Milano 2-1 WC Sports School Santos 0-0 Bluedowns Glendene 4-1 Liverpool Chippa 3-1 Hanover Part JMI Academy 3-2 Crusaders Old Mutual 0-1 Ajax CT All Stars 0-4 Hellenic WC Sports School 0-1 ASD CT Milano 0-2 Atlantic Nacional Liverpool 2-0 Santos Glendene 2-0 Bluedowns Crusaders 1-0 Chippa JMI Academy 1-1 Hanover Park Play-offs 3rd and 4th place group finishers Old Mutual 3-2 WC Sport School Milano 0-1 All Stars Santos 0-0 Hanover Park - Hanover Park won 5-4 on penalties JMI Academy 3-2 Bluedowns Championship round 1st and 2nd place group finishers Ajax CT 0-1 ASD CT Glendene 3-0 Crusaders Chippa 0-2 Liverpool Atlantic Nacional 1-1 Hellenic - Atlantic won 11-10 on penalties --------------- Sunday 24 August 2014 Fixtures Engen Play-off Round 09:30 A Old Mutual vs Hanover Park B All Stars vs JMI CT C WC Sports School vs Santos D Milano vs Bluedowns Spurs Engen Semi-Final Championship 10:30 A ASD Cape Town vs Glendene B Atlantic Nacional vs Liverpool-Portlands Engen Play-off Round 10:30 C Ajax Cape Town vs Crusaders D Hellenic vs Chippa 11:30 Engen Play-offs from 9th to 16th Position 12:30 Engen Play-off from 3rd to 8th Position 12:30 Proposed Guest Fixture 13:45 Under 7 and Under 9 Fixture 14:30 Special Events and Entertainment 15:30 Engen Championship Final 1st and 2nd Position
Aug 23rd, 2014 - 20:28
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
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
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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
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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