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New signing Devon Saal says he's eager to make his mark at Santos having signed from rivals Milano United this week. The 22-year-old form...
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Santos snap up exciting midfielder
Santos Football Club are delighted to officially announce the signing of former Milano United midfielder Devon Saal. The People's Team, who are vying for promotion to the ABSA Premiership, have already snapped up Robin Rhode and Morgan Van Rooyen, and are now thrilled to have acquired the services of the talented 22-year-old Saal. Speaking exclusively to thepeoplesteam.co.za, Saal, whose youth teams include ASD Cape Town and Cape Town All Stars says he is excited by this new chapter in his career. He said: "It is an honour and a privilege to sign for Santos. "I am looking forward to the challenge of helping the team win promotion. Personally I will work hard to firstly make the starting eleven and then by giving my all on the field." For the full interview with Devon, log on to thepeoplesteam.co.za on Friday. By Trevor Kramer
Feb 19th, 2015 - 15:30
Santos Launches Under 7 and Under 9 Football Fun Fridays
Santos is launching a fantastic fun initiative for Under 7 and Under 9 soccer players for the 2015 season. Parents are invited to bring their young stars along to the Santos Academy on Friday the 27th of February from 4pm (until 6) for the first of what promises to be an exciting opportunity for those kids looking to get into the beautiful game. Santos has a long history of developing and producing talented soccer players as well as well-rounded individuals, and our coaches will be on hand to guide your talented youngster on the pitch. All those players who attend, that are born between 2006 and 2009, will be registered whereby they will then play tournament style competitions every Friday. For more information please call Ayyoob on 021 696 8195
Feb 16th, 2015 - 15:16
Abrahams disappointed with draw
Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams admits he was disappointed not to have come away from Athlone Stadium on Sunday with all three points. Playing in their first home clash of the 2014/15 National First Division second round against African Warriors, the People's Team were determined to banish memories of the recent loss to Maluti FET College. And after 30 minutes, it was all going to plan with goals from Tshepo Mabua and Carl Lark putting the hosts into a solid lead. But Warriors were back in the tie, against the run of play, when Bonginkosi Nxumalo chipped home on 34 minutes before Captain Ange Labahi scuffled home an equaliser with 66 minutes of the match played to grab a share of the spoils. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za after training on Monday, Abrahams says it was difficult to accept the manner in which his team surrendered the two points. He said: "It was massively disappointing to have drawn with African Warriors, especially after the start we made. "At 2-0 up we were cruising and it was set up for us to score two or three more. "But the first goal we conceded was poor - from where I was sitting it looked offside - but even then, the second goal was also sloppy." He added: "If you look at the team at the top of the table, Jomo Cosmos, we have scored just one goal less than them, but while they have conceded just 14, we have let in 27 goals - and that is the difference." "It is frustrating to play so well and not get the results you need, and after such a positive start, we need to reassess again and make sure we are tighter at the back. "It is back to training to make sure we are in the right shape to face Royal Eagles (at the King Zwelithini Stadium) on Saturday." By Trevor Kramer
Feb 16th, 2015 - 14:46
Santos held by resilient Warriors
Santos were held to a 2-2 draw against African Warriors in a National First Division match at Athlone Stadium on Sunday. On a windy afternoon in the Mother City, it was Santos who dominated the early exchanges with Tshepo Mabua opening the scoring with a fine finish on 13 minutes before Carl Lark added a spectacular bicycled second just after the half-hour mark. But Warriors were back in the tie when Bonginkosi Nxumalo chipped home with 34 minutes played before Captain Ange Labahi scuffled home an equaliser on the 66 minute mark to grab a share of the spoils. The result leaves the People's Team in 10 place in the NFD standings, with 24 points from 18 games while Warriors, in 14th place, moved onto 18 points from their 18 matches played thus far. With the wind at their backs and their tails up, it was the hosts that threatened from the off with Mabua firing just wide in the opening minute before new signing, Morgan Van Rooyen, bolted down the left flank after a good break forward, only to be thwarted by an alert Vusumuzi Magagula in the Warriors' goal. Lark's came close to finding Mabua with a good cross from the right before Warriors' first chance of the match in the shape of a shot from range from Vaughn Erbin. Santos continued to push for a goal, and it was no surprise when Mabua opened the scoring with a driven finish into the far post after a good low cross from Suhayl Allie fell kindly for him. Warriors were restricted to further long-range chances with Sibusiso Mdamba's 17th minute free-kick watched over the poles by Santos stopper Keenon Blignaut. The hosts were dealt a considerable blow when Tyren Arendse felt the injury that had kept him side-lined in recent weeks and had to be substituted, with Piere Kok coming onto replace him. But despite this early substitution, the People's Team continued to attack; and Handsome Sibanda so nearly headed home a third goal from a well-hit Allie corner with half an hour of the match gone. But Santos fans didn't have to wait long for a second, and it came in spectacular fashion as Lark bicycled home a Mabua header. But a lapse in concentration in defence as well as some seriously suspicious officiating allowed Warriors back into the game as Nxumalo chipped over Blignaut from what appeared to be an offside position, this after being set through on goal by Mdamba. The goal invigorated Warriors and Sthembele Ngcamu had to be well placed to head clear an Erbin free-kick on 40 minutes, but Magagula had to be his best in first-half stoppage time as he denied Lark a second, this time from a powerful downward header, with an instinctive block from close range. Santos came out all guns blazing in the second period with Lark forcing Magagula to parry his 54th minute shot before testing the keeper again moments later. A battle for midfield superiority then raged on until Warriors managed to drag themselves back into this match with a scrambled finish from a 66th minute corner - Labahi on hand at the back post to slot home after the ball bobbled kindly to him. The introduction of Faizel Johnson gave the hosts some more impetus as they looked for a winner, but the substitute could not direct his header, from a Cheslyn Jampies free-kick, on target after 72 minutes. And Van Rooyen, who had an excellent afternoon, was just not able to direct his effort on target moments later, having been set through by Lark. Warriors were pegged into their own half as the match wore on where Sibanda headed just wide and Johnson tried but was ultimately unsuccessful in engineering a goal - even from a spectacular volleyed effort that was well blocked by the Warriors defence. In the end, both sides had to settle for a point, and Santos will now turn their attentions to Royal Eagles at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday, February 28, 2015, kick-off 19:30. National First Division Results Sunday, February 15, 2015 Santos 2-2 African Warriors Vasco Da Gama 3-0 Thanda Royal Zulu Baroka FC 0-1 Cape Town All Stars Saturday, February 14, 2015 Maluti FET College 3-4 Royal Eagles Jomo Cosmos 2-1 Milano United Golden Arrows 2-0 FC Cape Town Witbank Spurs 3-0 Highlands Park Garankuwa United 2-5 Black Leopards By Trevor Kramer
Feb 16th, 2015 - 13:37
BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Santos v African Warriors
Santos have all three points in their sights as they welcome African Warriors to Athlone Stadium on Sunday afternoon, kick-off 3.30pm. A 2-1 away loss to Maluti FET College last time out has proved a strong motivation for the players who are determined to return to winning ways and reignite their National First Division title charge. The People's Team are currently ninth in the standings with 23 points from 17 matches while African Warriors, who lost 2-0 to FC Cape Town in their last encounter, are currently in 14 th place with 17 points. Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams is undoutably expecting an immediate response from his charges. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za he said: "Coming off a disappointing away loss to Maluti has proved a strong motivation for the players. "We just could not get the ball into the net on so many occasions and to make matters worse we were denied at least three penalties by poor match officiating." He added: "We did not deserve to come home empty handed . "I am counting on our excellent home form to carry us to three points against African Warriors. "There has been a great intensity in training so we'll look to transfer that to the game. "They are hungry and determined to get straight back to winning ways, and we will continue to back ourselves for promotion because the fight for this league is far from over." In team news only long-term casualties Xolani Mabaso and Sizwe Nyambi remain sidelined. By Trevor Kramer
Feb 14th, 2015 - 20:33
America: We had our chances
Santos Assistant Coach Keith America says the People's Team missed numerous opportunities to claim maximum points from their National First Division clash against Maluti FET College on Wednesday afternoon. The People's Team suffered a 2-1 defeat having conceded after just eight minutes at a hot an humid Charles Mopeli Stadium, through a Zwandile Banda strike. Carl Lark then levelled matters with a well-taken goal in the 84th minute, but Tumelo Tsoanyane popped up in injury time to snatch all three points on offer. America insists Santos had plenty of chances to win the match, especially in the first half, but after conceding in the 92nd minute, they have an uphill task to prepare for the first home game of the second round - against African Warriors at Athlone Stadium on Sunday, kick-off 3pm. America told thepeoplesteam.co.za: "We didn't play that well but we created more than enough opportunities to put the game to bed in the first half." He added: "I felt we were also hard done by refereeing decisions which didn't go our way inside the penalty area. But we lost concentration in the latter stages because we were chasing the game and as a result we conceded in injury time instead of settling for a point. "Now we have it all to do on Sunday at home against African Warriors." By Trevor Kramer
Feb 12th, 2015 - 13:17
Santos stifled by Maluti
Santos were unfortunate to start the second round of the 2014/15 National First Division campaign with a 2-1 loss to Maluti FET College. On a hot an humid afternoon at the Charles Mopeli Stadium, it was Zwandile Banda who opened the scoring for the hosts with just eight minutes played. And despite creating numerous chances in the first half, it took the People's Team until the 84th minute when Carl Lark eventually levelled with a well-taken goal. But despite finishing strongly, Tumelo Tsoanyane popped up in injury time to snatch three points. Santos have dropped to eighth on the NFD standings with 23 points from 17 games with bottom-side Maluti moving onto 11 points for the season.
Feb 12th, 2015 - 09:02
BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Maluti FET v Santos
Santos return to competitive action, following the mid-season break, with a tantalising National First Division clash against Maluti FET College at the Charles Mopeli Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, kick-off 3.30pm. The People's Team, who are currently fifth on the National First Division standings, with 23 points from 16 games played, are a mere nine points behind league leaders, Jomo Cosmos, seven adrift of Golden Arrows in second and six and five points behind Milano United and Thanda Royal Zulu, in third and fourth place - with the whole second round of the campaign yet to play. And while Santos ended last year on a high note with a positive 1-0 win over Vasco Da Gama, before beating FC Cape Town FC, the bottom side Maluti, who have just eight points, were 2-0 losers to Vasco Da Gama in their last encounter. Leading up to this match, Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams says he is positive of closing the gap at the top of the table as they look to close in on their season's goal of securing promotion to the ABSA Premiership. He told thepeoplesteam.co.za: "We've had a good mid-season break that allowed us to regroup, with some of our injured players coming back from injury while others have been working on their fitness for the second half of the season. "We also made two good signings in Robin Rhode and Morgan Van Rooyen who I think will add a bit more spark and creativity to our play. "Also players like Tyren Arendse and Faizel Johnson are back from their respective injuries while Sizwe Nyambi is making good progress from the knock he sustained at the end of last year, so that gives us some fresh options. "We know the Maluti game with be tough, as going away is never easy, but we are confident of securing all three points ahead of another difficult match, against African Warriors at Athlone on Sunday." The last time these two sides faced each other, at Athlone Stadium on Friday, August 29, 2014, Santos ren out 3-2 winners. All the NFD fixtures: for Wednesday, February 11, 2015 15:30 Black Leopards v Jomo Cosmos TBA 15:30 FC Cape Town v African Warriors NNK Rugby Stadium 15:30 Thanda Royal Zulu FC v Baroka FC Umhlathuze Sports Complex 15:30 Maluti FET College v Santos Charles Mopeli Stadium 15:30 Highlands Park v Garankuwa United Makhulong Stadium 19:30 Milano United AFC v Golden Arrows Philippi Stadium 19:30 Royal Eagles v Vasco Da Gama King Zwelithini Stadium 19:30 Cape Town All Stars v Witbank Spurs Athlone Stadium By Trevor Kramer
Feb 10th, 2015 - 12:08
Log Standings
National First Division
# Team Name Pld. Gd. Pts.
1 Golden Arrows 18 10 36
2 Jomo Cosmos 18 16 35
3 Thanda Royal Zulu 18 12 31
4 Milano United 18 7 29
5 Cape Town All Stars 18 4 28
6 Royal Eagles 18 -1 26
7 Vasco Da Gama 18 -1 25
8 FC Cape Town 18 3 24
9 Black Leopards 18 1 24
10 Santos FC 18 -4 24
11 Baroka FC 18 4 22
12 Witbank Spurs FC 18 -4 21
13 Highlands Park 18 -9 20
14 African Warriors 18 -10 18
15 Garankuwa United 18 -8 12
16 Maluti College 18 -20 11
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Fixtures
Feb 28th, 2015 - 19:30
Royal Eagles
NFD
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Mar 4th, 2015 - 19:30
Golden Arrows
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Mar 7th, 2015 - 15:30
Thanda Royal Zulu
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Mar 14th, 2015 - 19:30
Jomo Cosmos
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Apr 4th, 2015 - 19:30
Cape Town All Stars
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Apr 8th, 2015 - 19:30
Garankuwa United
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Apr 12th, 2015 - 15:00
Highlands Park
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Apr 18th, 2015 - 19:30
Witbank Spurs FC
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Apr 26th, 2015 - 15:00
Black Leopards
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Apr 30th, 2015 - 19:30
Baroka FC
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May 3rd, 2015 - 15:00
Milano United
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May 10th, 2015 - 15:00
Vasco Da Gama
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Results
Jan 18th, 2013 - 15:30
Vasco Da Gama
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Away
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.
Arendse wants maximum points!
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Sep 28th, 2013 - 15:00
Maluti College
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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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