Santos F.C. (South Africa)

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Engen Santos
Full name Engen Santos Football Club
Nickname(s) The People's Team
Founded 1982
Ground Athlone Stadium, Athlone, Cape Town
Ground Capacity 30,000
Chairman Goolam Allie
Coach South Africa David Notoane
League National First Division
2012-13 National First Division, 2nd
old logo (-2003)
old logo (2003-2011)

Santos Football Club or simply Santos, also known under their sponsored title as Engen Santos, is a South African football (soccer) club based in the Lansdowne suburb of the city of Cape Town that plays in the National First Division.


The club was established in Heideveld on the Cape Flats in 1982 and was originally known as Lightbodys Santos FC. During apartheid it was renowned for the insistence on non-racial inclusivity – hence the nickname The People's Team.

They played in the Federation Professional League (FPL), the only truly non-racial football body in the country from 1982 to 1990. They won the championship in 1983/4/6/7/8/90 before joining the National Soccer League.

The NSL became the PSL in 1996, with Santos earning promotion to the new league for the 1997-98 season. Santos tasted their first success in the new format of the league in 2001–02 when they surprisingly won the title under the mentorship of Gordon Igesund. This side featured players like Edries Burton, Andre Arendse, Musa Otieno and the club's all-time top goalscorer Jean-Marc Ithier. With the title win Santos became the first - and to date the only - team that was not a founder-member of the PSL to win the league.

They were also crowned Bob Save Super Bowl winners in 2001 and BP Top 8 winners in 2002.

Santos were relegated from the PSL at the end of the 2011-12 season for the first time in the club's history. After finishing 15th in the league they entered the 2011-12 PSL Playoff Tournament where they were pitted against Chippa United and Thanda Royal Zulu. Heading into their final playoff game Santos needed a win over Chippa United to maintain their PSL status but they were defeated 4-3 and subsequently relegated, with Chippa United taking their place in the PSL.[1]

Notable former coaches[edit]

Notable former players[edit]


  • PSL Champions: 2001/02
  • ABSA Cup Winners: 2003
  • FPL League Champions: 1983, 84, 86, 87, 88, 90
  • FPL Cup Winners: 1985, 88, 90
  • Challenge Cup Winners: 1988
  • Bob Save Super Bowl Winners: 2001
  • BP Top 8 Winners: 2002

Club records[edit]

  • Most starts: South Africa Edries Burton 409
  • Most goals: Mauritius Jean-Marc Ithier 70
  • Most capped player: Kenya Musa Otieno
  • Most starts in a season: South Africa Cassiem Mohamed 44 (1993)
  • Most goals in a season: South Africa Duncan Crowie 19 (1991)
  • Record victory: 6–0 v Intercity Aces (6/3/99, Bob Save Super Bowl); vs Beau West City (26/2/05, Absa Cup); vs Cemforce FC (12/3/05, Absa Cup); vs Island FC (11/3/06, Absa Cup)
  • Record defeat: 1–7 v Mamelodi Sundowns (19/8/98, PSL)

Premier Soccer League record[edit]

Club officials/Technical team[edit]

  • Chairman: South Africa Goolam Allie
  • COO: South Africa Edries Burton
  • General manager: South Africa Cyril Martin
  • Team manager: South Africa Yusuf Gester
  • Coach: South Africa David Notoane
  • Assistant coaches: Kenya Musa Otieno & South Africa Dylan Deane
  • Goalkeeper coach: South Africa Nigel Dixon

2013–14 First team squad[edit]

As of October 11, 2013 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 The Gambia GK Pa Dembo Touray
3 South Africa DF Ricardo Skippers
4 South Africa DF Fagan Muller
5 South Africa DF Nasief Morris
6 South Africa MF Tshepo Mabua
7 South Africa FW Gregory Roelf
8 South Africa MF Tyren Arendse (Captain)
10 South Africa MF Suhayl Allie
11 South Africa FW Vuyisile Wana
12 South Africa DF Mason October
14 South Africa MF Ryan Brooks
15 South Africa FW Fagrie Lakay
16 Kenya DF Brian Onyango
17 South Africa MF Shaun Sopio
18 South Africa DF Pierre Kok
19 South Africa MF Neo Segalo
No. Position Player
20 South Africa FW Mpho Sitayitayi
21 South Africa DF Sachin Dawood
22 South Africa MF Zaakier Williams
23 Ghana DF John Paintsil
25 South Africa DF Cheslyn Jampies
27 South Africa DF Jabu Mthombeni
28 South Africa MF Xolani Mabaso
29 South Africa FW Deniro Stanley
32 South Africa FW Carl Lark
33 South Africa MF Xolani Mdaki (on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns)
35 South Africa GK Lee Langeveldt
36 South Africa FW Darron Omaticus
38 South Africa FW Tebogo Masaole
40 South Africa GK Lucky Mshumpela
44 South Africa DF Jurie Basie

Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturer[edit]

  • Shirt sponsor: Engen
  • Kit manufacturer: Winner


  1. ^ "Chippa promoted, Santos relegated". 30 June 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 

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