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Sibanda shines in full debut
Santos centre-back Handsome Sibanda was pleased with his full debut for the People's Team in the 2-1 win over Garankuwa United at the Pilditch Stadium in Pretoria on Wednesday evening. The former Jomo Cosmos defender made his first appearance for the club as a second-half substitute in the 0-0 draw with Cape Town All Stars last week, and was drafted into the starting eleven for this away trip with Sachin Dawood suspending for collecting four yellow cards. And speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za the player, who was named Man-of-the-Match by his teammates following a near-faultless performance, said he thoroughly enjoyed getting a full 90 minutes into his legs. He said: "I haven't played a match for quite a long time so it was a bit challenging but I'm glad that I came through it and won the game." He added: "Considering that we were away it was a good result and it was important that we won our first three points on the road." "Papis" as he is affectionately known, also revealed that playing alongside Brian Mandela Onyango in the centre of the Santos defence, allowed him to settle in quickly. "He's (Onyango) very experienced and he's an international player (for Kenya) so it was like I was feeding off of him and that made it easier for me." While Sibanda was happy to have his fellow professional nominate him as the best player on the night, he refused to take credit for his sterling performances. "I think I did play well but I won’t take the credit all by myself. We did it as a team. All the guys on the field played well and we were all pushing for the same result. We got the three points so we are happy." Sibanda knows though that he will need to continue to work hard in training to force his way back into the side. "I would say I'm not guaranteed a starting place in the team because it is all about team work and competition for places; and taking your opportunity when it comes." He concluded: "The last few results have worked in our favour - with other teams dropping points - so it was about time that we got three points on the road." By Trevor Kramer
Oct 31st, 2014 - 14:36
Lakay: I need to work hard to impress the coach
Fagrie Lakay has revealed that despite being thousands of miles away during his most recent overseas venture, his thoughts were never too far from home. Having returned from the Netherlands, where the young striker impressed during a 10-day trial with Eredivisie side PEC Zwolle, the 17-year-old told thepeoplesteam.co.za that he kept abreast of happenings at Santos throughout his stay in Europe. Lakay missed both the 0-0 draw with Cape Town All Stars last Friday and the 2-1 victory over Garankuwa United on Wednesday night and is eager to get back to action with the People's Team. He said: "Even though I was far from South Africa I would check my phone to find out what the was team doing and how the games went because at the end of the day I was always going to come back here after the trial. "And now that I am back I need to get back to training in order to be able to impress the coach again and get into the starting eleven." Lakay was quick to praise his fellow young stars in Suhayl Allie and Iqraam Rayners, who were both amongst the goals against Garankuwa - with Allie bagging his fifth goal of the season, while 18-year-old Rayners netted in just his second appearance for the team. "I'm happy for ‘Iekie’. He scored a good goal and played very well from what the guys told me. And normally for a new player, the coaches expect you to play for only 20 minutes, but he proved them wrong so I'm happy for him as a youngster because I know how it feels to be a youngster. "And the same with Suhayl; he's doing well so he just needs to keep on working hard. "If he can get the Highest Goalscorer Award at the end of the season, for example, it's an achievement for the team. It means the team did well." Lakay was also aware of the tragic circumstances surrounding the passing of Bafana and Orlando Pirates skipper Senzo Meyiwa, who he met recently during his time with the South African National team in the Congo, and admitted hearing the news was a big shock. "I didn't know him too long as I just met him recently at camp. But for me man when I got the news it was shocking because he is the type of guy who was always smiling. "He always talked to the youngsters and he even sat next to me in the bus where we talked and made jokes. "Like I said, he was always smiling so you wouldn't expect something like that to happen to someone like him, so for me it was sad." By Trevor Kramer
Oct 31st, 2014 - 14:22
Santos Development Academy - 2014 Season Wrap
The Santos Football Club Youth Academy continues to grow from strength to strength, and once again claimed all the league honours on offer at the Cape District Football Association this season. The People's Team made the switch from the Mitchell's Plain LFA to CDFA in 2013, winning all the league trophies as well as the Under 11 and Under 13 Knock-out finals. This season, to add to our league honours, there were gold medals in the knock-out finals for the Under 13 side as well as the Under 17s. In addition to this the Under 13s also claimed top honours in the Under 13 Build-It Tournament and as a result of winning their SAFA Junior League Play-offs, they then competed in and won the SAFA Tournament proper - beating Mfuleni United 3-0 in the final. Six Under 13 players were involved in the Inter-LFA (Board team) while three Under 13 players were then selected for the SAFA Regional Team that competed in a regional tournament in Beaufort West - where they were victorious. The Under 15 side, meanwhile, won the Cape Town leg of the Manchester United Premier Nike Cup, seeing off Ajax Cape Town, Old Mutual and Milano to secure a place in the National finals where they competed with but ultimately lost out to Mamelodi Sundowns, The Augustos Palacios Academy and Harmony Academy from Bloemfontein. Five Under 15 boys represented Santos in the Inter-LFA team and seven boys were part of the Regional side that won their tournament in King Williams Town. A further six Santos players were selected for the Under 17 Inter-LFA side while three were part of the trip to King Williams Town. They also won their section. The Under 17s biggest achievement of the season was making it all the way to the semi-finals of the Coke Cup, where they lost to Masidlale Academy on penalties. The Engen Tournament was, however, a blip in an otherwise excellent season as a combination of injuries and suspensions meant they didn't win a game at the annual competition. This season was also the first time Santos incorporated the Under 7 and Under 9 sides into the Academy and while the Under 7s don't play competitive league football, they had a thoroughly enjoyable campaign and were runners-up in the 2014 Rygate Cubs Tournament. And the Under 9 side, who won their league, were runners up in their section of the Rygate Cup and came third in the 24th addition of the Wynberg St. Johns Tournament. By Trevor Kramer
Oct 30th, 2014 - 15:39
All PSL and NFD games are OFF this weekend
The Premier Soccer League have decided to postpone all Absa Premiership and National First Division (NFD) fixtures scheduled for this weekend. The decision was taken to allow South African's to properly observe the passing of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates Captain Senzo Meyiwa. A statement from the PSL read: "The Premier Soccer League Executive Committee (EXCO) met today in Johannesburg for its monthly meeting. "A decision was taken to postpone all Absa Premiership and National First Division (NFD) fixtures scheduled for this weekend. "This was done following discussions between the League, title sponsors Absa, the broadcast partners and other relevant stakeholders regarding the extraordinary circumstances relating to the passing and funeral of the late Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana captain, Senzo Meyiwa. "Meyiwa will be buried at his home town in Durban on Saturday morning. The funeral service will be held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium." By Trevor Kramer
Oct 30th, 2014 - 14:24
Lakay reflects on his time with PEC Zwolle
Santos striker Fagrie Lakay feels he performed well during his time with PEC Zwolle following his ten-day trial with the Eredivisie side. The 17-year-old attacker, who trained with the senior squad for the majority of his time in the Netherlands, then rounded off his trip with an assist for the Jong Zwolle (the reserve side) in a 2-2 draw against Utrecht. And speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za on Thursday following his return to Cape Town, the Santos Academy product explained that regardless of whether or not he makes the switch to Holland, he will use the experience to grow as a footballer and a person. He said: "For me the trip was good because even though I went there for a trial, at the same time I was going there to learn. "So for any player on trial if you don't make it you need to come back to your club having learnt from the experience." Lakay was made to feel welcome by everyone at the club - while having fellow South African Ricky Lourenco (a former Bidvest Wits player) by his side also helped the young star settle in. He continued: "For me it was nice because there was another South African player who introduced me to all the players and showed me around, but besides that everyone was friendly including the players and the coaches so that makes you feel welcome." Reflecting on the type of football he was exposed to during his time in Holland, the Garlandale learner explained: "The facilities are excellent first of all, and while the style of play is different, I think it suits South African players. "In my experience in South Africa, you have less time on the ball but over there you have a lot of space to do what you want to do. If you understand the game and if you can pass well, then you can potentially play there." And reflecting on the match he played, Lakay said: "Overall I think I did well. "As a striker you want to score and they expect you to score and I could maybe have scored one or two but at the end of the day I was happy to get an assist. "Dutch football is different to South African football. "For players here, when you are on the attack you can't make a pass back because the coach yells at you but there if you don't have an opportunity to dribble you can make a pass back and then play from there. "And for me that is why I think I did well because not many of the players took risks, so when I got the ball I took on defenders and I think that is what the coach liked." You can read the rest of this interview right here on thepeoplesteam.co.za tomorrow! By Trevor Kramer
Oct 30th, 2014 - 11:28
Santos record first away win
Santos gave Coach Farouk Abrahams the perfect Birthday present by securing all three points from their midweek trip to Garankuwa. Goals from Suhayl Allie (12) and Iqraam Rayners (40) gave the People's Team a solid first half lead before Conrad Madolo reduced the deficit on 56 minutes. There was late drama with Garankuwa's Sipho Zwane and Santos' Sizwe Nyambi both dismissed in the final stages of the match but it had little impact on the tie as Santos comfortably saw out the win. The result sees the People's Team move up to seventh on the National First Division standings with 14 points from nine games played while Garankuwa are second from bottom with just six points. By Trevor Kramer
Oct 30th, 2014 - 11:11
Santos snap up Mobara
Santos are delighted to be able to confirm the signing of Vasco Da Gama defender Mogamat Shaheed Mobara. The 24-year-old, who came through the youth ranks of Ajax Cape Town before making the switch to Vasco, had been training with the People's Team for a number of weeks before signing a contract with the club on Tuesday. Shaheed is the older brother of Ajax defender Abbubaker Mobara who has caps at U17, U18 and U20 levels for South Africa. Full interview with the player to follow... By Trevor Kramer
Oct 29th, 2014 - 15:57
BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Garankuwa v Santos
Santos will look to break their away duck when they face Garankuwa United at the Pilditch Stadium on Wednesday evening. The People's Team are yet to win on the road in the National First Division this season and travel to Pretoria on the back of a hard-fought 0-0 local derby draw with Cape Town All Stars - that left them in ninth place on the standings with 11 points. Garankuwa, meanwhile, come into this game on the back of a 1-1 stalemate against Jomo Cosmos. They are currently in 13th place with six points from their eight matches played. And speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za before jetting out of the Mother City, Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams revealed that his side are determined to bag all three points on offer. He will have to do it without a number of first-team regulars however, with Skipper Tyren Arendse and centre-back Sachin Dawood both suspended while Xolani Mabaso remains side-lined with a knee strain, and Fagrie Lakay is yet to return from his trial in the Netherlands. He said: "We go into this game without a number of regulars through injuries and suspensions but such is the spirit in the camp that the boys have promised to fight hard for our first away win of the season. "I am confident that we will achieve that. We just need to break this duck and then build on the resulting positivity." All the National First Division fixtures: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 15:30 Black Leopards v Thanda Royal Zulu FC, Thohoyandou Stadium 15:30 Jomo Cosmos v Witbank Spurs Vaal, University of Technology 15:30 Golden Arrows v Baroka FC, Chatsworth Stadium 15:30 African Warriors v Vasco Da Gama, Charles Mopeli Stadium 15:30 Highlands Park v Cape Town All Stars, Makhulong Stadium 19:30 Garankuwa United v Santos, Pilditch Stadium 19:30 Milano United AFC v Royal Eagles, Philippi Stadium By Trevor Kramer thepeoplesteam.co.za facebook.com/thepeoplesteam Twitter.com/thepeoplesteam
Oct 29th, 2014 - 11:34
Log Standings
National First Division
# Team Name Pld. Gd. Pts.
1 Golden Arrows 9 6 19
2 Milano United 9 7 18
3 Thanda Royal Zulu 9 9 16
4 FC Cape Town 9 6 15
5 Vasco Da Gama 9 1 15
6 Jomo Cosmos 9 4 14
7 Santos FC 9 0 14
8 Black Leopards 9 2 11
9 Witbank Spurs FC 9 0 11
10 Baroka FC 9 0 10
11 Royal Eagles 9 -3 9
12 Highlands Park 9 -3 9
13 African Warriors 9 -7 9
14 Cape Town All Stars 9 -6 8
15 Garankuwa United 9 -4 6
16 Maluti College 9 -12 4
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Match Centre
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
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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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Santos record first away win
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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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Match Centre
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
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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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