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Santos were held to a 0-0 draw with Cape Town All Stars in a local derby played to a lively Athlone Stadium crowd on Friday evening. Comi...
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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Santos v Cape Town All Stars
Farouk Abrahams' Santos welcomes Boebie Solomons' Cape Town All Stars to Athlone Stadium on Friday night for a highly anticipated local derby, kick-off 7:30. There are currently five Cape Town teams in the National First Division but none have closer ties to the People's Team than the recently promoted All Stars. While Solomons had two spells at the club, Santos legend Edries Burton is currently Chief Executive Officer of All Stars, and former Santos coach Dylan Deane was the man who guided the team into the second tier of South African football this season. David Notoane was, meanwhile, briefly assistant to Deane earlier this year before Solomons' arrival - while in the playing staff, Marawaan Bantam and Salmaan King are both currently strutting their stuff in the colours of the Langa-based outfit. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za on Friday, Abrahams explained the importance of his side not getting carried away by the occasion. He said: "Derbies are great levellers and the key is to keep the guys grounded and focused on our own strengths rather than be misled by the sideshows that come with these type of games." Coming off the back of a 2-0 away loss to Jomo Cosmos last weekend, Abrahams added: "We have to keep our home winning record intact to make up for the poor away results. "I am counting on the boys to perform to their usual high standard despite being without skipper Tyren Arendse, who is suspended after his sending off against Cosmos, and goalkeeper Pa Dembo Touray, who is nursing a slight knock." Abrahams added that against an adversary like Solomons, they will surely be in for a tough encounter - despite All Stars having suffered a 3-0 defeat to Thanda Royal Zulu last time out. "All Stars could employ a counter attacking game plan because Boebie Solomons loves to play that way which means we will have to be vigilant, but a win will keep us in with touch the leaders so there can be no other desire but to go all out for the three points on offer." Solomons added on his club’s official website: “My focus is on the game, and on the three points. “The past is in the past, for All Stars right now it’s about taking each game as it comes, and trying to earn as many points as we can. “There is no personal vendetta or anything like that, it’s all about the three points.” Finally, All Stars will have to make do without Amigo Memela for this game as he sits out two matches following his sending off against Thanda last weekend. By Trevor Kramer
Oct 23rd, 2014 - 23:58
Lakay checking in from Zwolle
Santos striker Fagrie Lakay is thoroughly enjoying his time with Eredivisie side PEC Zwolle where he is spending the next week or so on trial. The 17-year-old, who recently made headlines for his call-up to Bafana Bafana for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo, is hoping to impress during his short time in the Netherlands. Lakay has so far taken part in a number of training sessions and is scheduled to play a friendly match against FC Utrecht prior to his return. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za on Thursday afternoon, the dynamic young Santos Academy graduate, said: "So far it has been good. "All the people and players are very friendly and they have made me feel at home." He added: "And on the football side of things, so far I think I'm doing well. "I believe I have what it takes to play in Europe and I believe I can make it here, but I'm just going to concentrate on working hard and giving it 120 per cent like I always do." Lakay's representative Khalied Allie added: "It's going well; Fagrie has settled in nicely; and has been received fantastically here. He's been quite comfortable, especially with the weather being like a Cape Town winter!" Zwolle, or the Bluefingers, who are currently managed by former SC Heerenveen and Standard de Liege boss Ron Jans, have been a home for a host of South Africans in the past; most notably Kamohelo Mokotjo, while Dean Patricio is currently on a season-long loan deal from SuperSport United. By Trevor Kramer
Oct 23rd, 2014 - 20:50
Kok ready to score another cracker
Santos midfielder Piere Kok knows that Friday night's local derby against Cape Town All Stars will be a tricky encounter but is nevertheless targeting all three points. The People's Team have close ties to the recently promoted side, with with former COO Edries Burton currently CEO of All Stars while Coaches Dylan Deane and David Notoane were with both teams. All Stars will, meanwhile, be acutely aware of the quality that Santos possess, which is something Head Coach Farouk Abrahams will need to take cognisance of when the two sides clash at Athlone Stadium, kick-off 7:30pm - especially as he is also coming up a former Santos Coach in Boebie Solomons. And Speaking to thepeoplesteam before training on Thursday, Kok said his teammates are looking to bounce back from the 2-0 loss to Jomo Cosmos last time out and maintain their winning run at home. He said: "We are the only team with a 100 per cent record at home and we need to maintain that. "Coming from an away loss, we are not down because we knew it would be difficult to come away from Cosmos with a positive result. "But we also know we have to win at home and are looking forward to picking up another three points this weekend." He added: "They know what our strengths and weaknesses are as Mr Burton was here so he knows the kind of players we have. "Going into this game, it will be tough and the team that performs to their capabilities on the day will win the game. "This is a big derby for Cape Town and I'm fit and ready to score another cracker, but the most important thing is to come out with three points." Cape Town All Stars, who boast a number of former Santos players' in their ranks, most notably Salmaan King, come into this match on the back of a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Thanda Royal Zulu. Santos versus All Stars kicks off at 7:30pm on Friday 24 October 2014 with tickets available at a cost of R20 for adults and R10 for kids under 12. Tickets can be bought from the club or at match day on Hickory Road (baths side of Athlone Stadium). By Trevor Kramer
Oct 23rd, 2014 - 11:15
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
Log Standings
National First Division
# Team Name Pld. Gd. Pts.
1 Golden Arrows 8 4 16
2 Milano United 7 6 14
3 FC Cape Town 8 6 14
4 Vasco Da Gama 7 2 14
5 Black Leopards 8 5 11
6 Witbank Spurs FC 8 3 11
7 Jomo Cosmos 8 1 11
8 Santos FC 8 -1 11
9 Thanda Royal Zulu 7 4 10
10 Royal Eagles 8 -3 8
11 Cape Town All Stars 8 -4 8
12 Baroka FC 7 -2 7
13 Garankuwa United 8 -3 6
14 Highlands Park 7 -3 6
15 African Warriors 7 -5 6
16 Maluti College 8 -11 4
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Fixtures
Aug 23rd, 2014 - 15:00
FC Cape Town
NFD
Away
There is no additional information relevent to the above mentioned fixture or result.
MATCH REPORT: Santos suffer opening day defeat
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Aug 29th, 2014 - 19:30
Maluti College
NFD
Home
There is no additional information relevent to the above mentioned fixture or result.
Santos too smart for Maluti
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Sep 13th, 2014 - 15:00
African Warriors
NFD
Away
There is no additional information relevent to the above mentioned fixture or result.
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
There is no additional information relevent to the above mentioned fixture or result.
Santos unlucky on the road
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Oct 24th, 2014 - 19:30
Cape Town All Stars
NFD
Home
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Santos and All Stars share the spoils
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Oct 29th, 2014 - 19:30
Garankuwa United
NFD
Away
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There is no news linked to this fixture.
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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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There is no news linked to this fixture.
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Nov 22nd, 2014 - 19:30
Black Leopards
NFD
Home
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There is no news linked to this fixture.
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Nov 29th, 2014 - 15:30
Baroka FC
NFD
Away
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There is no news linked to this fixture.
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Dec 5th, 2014 - 19:30
Milano United
NFD
Away
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There is no news linked to this fixture.
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Dec 12th, 2014 - 19:30
Vasco Da Gama
NFD
Home
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There is no news linked to this fixture.
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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
There is no additional information relevent to the above mentioned fixture or result.
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
There is no additional information relevent to the above mentioned fixture or result.
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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