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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: FC Cape Town v Santos
Santos kick off their 2014 National First Division season with an intriguing derby against local rivals FC Cape Town. The People's Team, now under the watchful eye of Head Coach Farouk Abrahams have been hard at work preparing for this opening clash, with a number of new signings expected to make their debuts at the NNK Rugby Stadium on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. The African Beasts are, meanwhile, yet to announce any of their new acquisitions while a number of players have left the club as new boss Major David Bright goes about putting together a squad he feels will be competitive in the NFD this term. While Santos have snapped up the likes of Mhlengi Sigwebela, Sthembele Ngcamu, Broderick Burds, Martin Moonsamy and Chad Pottier, as well as promoting Dean Kowalski and Iqraam Rayners in to the first team, FC Cape Town have announced the departures of Alfred Ndengane, Prince Nxumalo, Phetelo Lebepe, Chris Mashego, Vaughan Erbin and Sandile Mkhwanazi. The last time these two sides met, in a pre-season friendly in July, Santos ran out 1-0 victors while a 2-0 win over the African Beasts at Parow Park in the first round of the league last season, was followed up with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Athlone Stadium. And Abrahams, who has set his sights on promotion to the ABSA Premiership at the first time of asking, will no doubt want to maintain that unbeaten run in his first game in charge of the ambitious Lansdowne-based side. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za after training on Friday, the former Bafana goalkeeper coach said: "Obviously there is always a nervous energy that kicks in for the coach, the management and the players to get the three points on the board from the opening game. "To get the first win under your belt is crucial in building confidence." With regards to the team's preparations, he added: "There is nothing more we can do as a technical team now; we have done everything we felt necessary to get the team ready for the opening game. "We will also look to introduce some of the new guys, who have experience of the NFD, but really it is all up to the players now, and if they bring their 'A-game' to the field we should compete." And when asked about what he expected from FC Cape Town, Abrahams explained: "Their usual style is direct football and David Bright as a coach likes that as well, so I don't think they will suddenly start changing their style. "But it is all about our own strengths and we’ll focus on that to ensure we come away with all three points." Santos have a clean bill of health for Saturday's game with only long-term casualty Faizel Johnson unavailable for selection at this stage. By Trevor Kramer
Aug 22nd, 2014 - 12:06
Engen Knockout Challenge - The fixtures are here!
The 2014 Engen Knockout Challenge kicks off today, Friday 22 August at 16h00. Make sure you get down to the Stephan Reagan Sports Complex in Mitchell’s Plain to support your favourite team! The Groups Group A : Ajax Cape Town, All Stars Football Development, Hellenic FC and Old Mutual Academy Group B : ASD Cape Town, Milano United, Atlantic Nacional and Western Cape Sports School Group C : Santos FC, Glendene United, Blue Downs FC and Liverpool-Portlands Group D : Chippa United, JMI Academy, Hanover Park FC and Crusaders FC The Fixtures Friday 22 August 2014 16:00 A Hellenic FC vs Old Mutual Academy B Blue Downs FC vs Liverpool-Portlands FC C Atlantic Nacional vs Western Cape Sports School D ASD Cape Town vs Milano United 17:00 A Ajax Cape Town vs All Stars Youth Development B Chippa United vs JMI Academy C Santos FC vs Glendene United D Hanover Park FC vs Crusaders FC Saturday 23 August 09:30 A Ajax Cape Town vs Hellenic FC B All Stars Youth Development vs Old Mutual Academy C ASD Cape Town vs Atlantic Nacional D Milano United vs Western Cape Sports Sport 10:30 A Santos FC vs Blue Downs FC B Glendene United vs Liverpool-Portlands FC C Chippa United vs Hanover Park FC D JMI Academy vs Crusaders FC 11:30 A All Stars Youth Development vs Hellenic FC B Old Mutual Academy vs Ajax Cape Town C Western Cape Sports School vs ASD Cape Town D Milano United vs Atlantic Nacional 12:30 A Liverpool-Portland vs Santos FC B Glendene United vs Blue Downs FC C Crusaders FC vs Chippa United D JMI Academy vs Hanover Park FC 14:30 Play-off round: third and fourth place group finishers 15:30 Championship round: first and second place group finishers Sunday 24 August 09:30 Engen play-off round 10:30 Engen semi-final championship round 11:30 Engen play-off round (ninth to 16th position) 12:30 Engen play-off round (third to eighth position) 13:45 Under 7 and under 9 fixture 14:30 Special events and entertainment 15:30 Engen Knockout Challenge 2014 final
Aug 22nd, 2014 - 09:49
Arendse named as Santos Captain
Head Coach Farouk Abrahams has named Tyren Arendse as the Santos Captain for the upcoming National First Division season. The 34-year-old, who has given over 10 years of service to the People's Team, previously led the club from 2009 to 2012 and was once again delighted to accept the armband, having temporary loaned it to Ricardo Skippers for the recently completed campaign. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za upon receiving the news, Arendse said: "It is always a privilege and a honour to lead a team, but for me wearing the armband is sometimes just about tossing the coin, because I believe everyone on the field should be a captain. "I always try and lead by example, with or without the armband and I know I've got Pa (Dembo Touray) to help me guide these boys. "We're a nice, exciting bunch, so I'm looking forward to the season. "Hopefully this year we can make our supporters proud and get their team back to where it belongs." Coach Abrahams, meanwhile, explained it wasn't a difficult decision to appoint Arendse as skipper. He said:" I chose Tyren for his experience, for his football intelligence, his leadership and a passion to win football matches!" Arendse will lead Santos out for the first time this season on Saturday 23 August against FC Cape Town at the NNK Rugby Stadium in Parow, kick-off 3pm. By Trevor Kramer
Aug 21st, 2014 - 16:12
Adams upbeat ahead of Engen Knockout
Santos Under 17 Coach Faizel Adams is eagerly awaiting the start of the 2014 Engen Knockout Challenge that kicks off on Friday, 22 August 2014. The People's Team were drawn to face Glendene, Bluedowns and Liverpool Portland during the competition draw that was conducted at Athlone Stadium in July. And after extensive preparations, as a result of the event being pushed back a few weeks because of the weather, Adams, who is being assisted by Santos stalwart Tyren Arendse, feels his side is now mentally and physically ready for what lies ahead over the coming weekend. 16 of the Western Cape's best sides will converge on the Stephen Reagen Sports Complex in Mitchell's Plain over three days where they will all be vying for the title of Engen Champions, and the added bonus of then being able to test themselves against country's best. For the first time ever, the winners of each region's Engen Knockout Challenge, will make their way to Gauteng to compete for the ultimate prize, the Engen Champs of Champs'. Speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za, Adams said: "Our preparations are going well. "We have been working hard, with the assistance of Tyren, who has brought a different dimension to our training sessions." When quizzed as to how he feels this year's team will cope compared to last year, where Santos ended a disappointing sixth, the Coach explained: "Last year's team was made up of a lot of good individuals while this year we have a good blend. "The team is more balanced this year than last year." While the club's expectations are to win the competition, Adams won't put such pressure on his players, but has insisted they will go out with the belief they can beat any team on their day. "Look, the expectation from the club is to win the tournament but we are just going out there to compete and do as well as we can. "There is always pressure being an academy and people judge you on your performances and results at the end of the day. "There are certainly some big clubs in there and I think definitely Group A is the toughest." Adams added that the players have been responding well to Arendse's invaluable input: "They have responded very positively. "He brings his experiences from his extensive career as a player. He brings the professionalism across; how they should behave, the importance of getting a good night's rest and what to eat, etc. "It's good having him with us because the boys really look up to him and they respect him, so at the very least we expect the team to play with the same commitment and determination Tyren has always shown during his career as a footballer and a captain." The groups are as follows: Group A: Ajax Cape Town, Cape Town All Stars, Hellenic, Old Mutual Group B: ASD Cape Town, Milano United, Atlantic Nacional, Western Cape Sport Schools Group C: Santos, Glendene, Bluedowns, Liverpool Portland Group D: Chippa United, JMI (Jean Marc Ithier) Cape Town, Hanover Park, Crusaders By Trevor Kramer
Aug 20th, 2014 - 14:49
Abrahams buoyed by influx of new players
Santos Head Coach Farouk Abrahams is happy with the way his squad is shaping up ahead of the new National First Division season following the capture of a number of new players. Joining Academy graduates Dean Kowalski and Iqraam Rayners in signing professional forms are defenders Sthembele Ngcamu, Martin Moonsamy and Mhlengi Sigwebela, goalkeeper Chad Pottier as well as winger Broderick Burds - with more signings expected to be completed before kick-off against FC Cape Town on Saturday, 23 August 2014. And speaking to thepeoplesteam.co.za on a cold and wet Wednesday afternoon in the Mother City, Abrahams explained that it was key he brought in the right players; taking into account the under 23 rule - that forces NFD clubs to start with five under 23s in every league match. He said: "It has taken a while to settle on signings because a lot of the players we looked at were of similar quality so we didn’t want to make hasty decisions. "Some of the guys we signed fall into the under 23 bracket so things have been shaping very well in terms of our preparations for the season ahead." He added: "But the proof will only come when the league starts; when the match mentality kicks in - and that is every coaches wish - that what the players perform in training, they can transfer into a match day performance. "That is really when you find out of you have done a good job or if you still need to work on a few things." Abrahams further explained: "With a young squad the problem is consistency. Do you get from them the same every week? "Ajax have experienced that many times where the kids will be brilliant enough to beat Kaizer Chiefs one week and then lose against a bottom team the next. "So, it is key for us keep to working to instil in the players a belief that they are top level players and not just youngsters trying to forge a career in football because that means the learning curve will be too long. "You need to become men overnight like in our era. I was 19 turning 20 when I signed for Cape Town Spurs and there was no time to be a boy - you were a professional and you had to play like one - and that is what maybe sets aside the previous era from today." With regards to the controversial under 23, Abrahams added: "Because of this under 23 rule my aim is to shorten the learning curve by putting responsibility on the young players rather than just telling the experienced players to lead by example. Kids with game intelligence can also lead by example. "It's really about getting a solid unit together. We are all individuals with different characters and to gel everyone together is not easy. It's about creating a healthy respect amongst the players. "And when people have fun, when they feel comfortable in their working environment they enjoy coming to work - and I think that is what we have achieved in a short time. "But the question remains whether we can put into practice on match day what we have done in training. If we can do that we will have a good season." By Trevor Kramer
Aug 20th, 2014 - 12:15
Moonsamy makes Santos switch
Santos are delighted to be able to announce yet another signing ahead of the new National First Division season in former Chippa United defender Martin Moonsamy. The 26-year-old, who made a name for himself with Stars of Africa, has also featured for the likes of Bidwest Wits, where he played in their SAFA Second Division side, as well as with FC AK, where he spent three seasons playing in the NFD, before being snapped up by the Chilli Boys. A return to FC AK was to follow before a switch to United FC for the recently completed campaign. Now with Santos, the right-back, who can also play in the centre of defence, told thepeoplesteam.co.za, he is looking forward to this new chapter in his career. Upon signing with the club he said: "It feels good to be here. The atmosphere in the team is high and from what I have seen so far, Coach Abrahams is building a good team!" He added: "The only objective I have is to win the league and get promotion and from the type of players I see here, it should be a good season." He added: "The spirit is high, we have a quality coach and in each and every position there is quality, which is important." By Trevor Kramer
Aug 19th, 2014 - 14:54
Sigwebela signs for The People's Team
Joining a raft of new players to have signed professional forms with Santos is former FC Buffalo left-back Mhlengi Sigwebela. The 23-year-old, who also counts FC Bootlaces, Nathi Lions and Atlie FC as his previous clubs, is excited by the prospect of joining an ambitious Santos side that have once again set their sights on securing promotion to the ABSA Premiership, having come agonisingly close over the past two seasons. The talented defender spoke to thepeoplesteam.co.za after training on Tuesday. He said: "It feels good to have signed; I'm very happy. "What I can say is that I am here to work and to help the team to the PSL; that is my ambition." When quizzed about his experience at the club thus far, Sigwebela added: "The training has been very competitive as everyone is working hard to be ready for the season. "There are a lot of quality players here but for me there is no pressure that I can't handle and I am just focusing on playing well and impressing the coach." He added: "I am really enjoying myself; it is like I am home and we are a family." By Trevor Kramer
Aug 19th, 2014 - 14:46
Santos snap up Cosmos winger
Santos have continued to strengthen ahead of the new National First Division season with the acquisition of former Jomo Cosmos winger Broderick Burds. The 22-year-old, who comes with bags of experience having already played in the NFD and ABSA Premiership, despite his young age, is eager to help the People's Team regain their top-flight status. Speaking to the club's official website after signing with the ambitious side, Burds said he already feels at home at Santos. He said: "I am very happy to have signed with the club. "Hopefully I can come in and make a difference and help the team." He added: "I haven't been here long but already it feels like home. "My ambition for the season is to help Santos get promotion as I really would like to see them back up there (in the PSL) as it would be a good for everyone at Santos and for Cape Town soccer as well." By Trevor Kramer
Aug 19th, 2014 - 14:29
Log Standings
National First Division
# Team Name Pld. Gd. Pts.
1 Milano United 1 2 3
2 Baroka FC 1 1 3
3 Garankuwa United 1 0 1
4 Cape Town All Stars 1 0 1
5 Santos FC 0 0 0
6 Golden Arrows 0 0 0
7 Maluti College 0 0 0
8 Black Leopards 0 0 0
9 Witbank Spurs FC 0 0 0
10 Jomo Cosmos 0 0 0
11 FC Cape Town 0 0 0
12 Thanda Royal Zulu 0 0 0
13 Vasco Da Gama 0 0 0
14 Highlands Park 0 0 0
15 Royal Eagles 1 -1 0
16 African Warriors 1 -2 0
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Fixtures
Aug 23rd, 2014 - 15:00
FC Cape Town
NFD
Away
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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: FC Cape Town v Santos
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Aug 29th, 2014 - 19:30
Maluti College
NFD
Home
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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
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
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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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