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Santos To Overcome Chiefs With Team Spirit 19/12/03
Kaizer Chiefs face a true test of their title credentials when they face Santos in a Castle Premiership fixture at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening. (Kick-off is at 6pm).

The People's Team were tipped by many to have a difficult season after failing to beef up their squad in the off-season, but to their credit the team has been quietly working their way up the table and now have the chance to go top by beating the Amakhosi.

Coach Boebie Solomons has done an excellent job on a shoestring budget and is fast becoming one of the most respected coaches in the country.

In midfield playmaker, Marawaan Bantam, he has unearthed a player of true class who has taken the PSL by storm this season, having already notched up six goals.

He has been doing for Santos what players such as John 'Shoes' Moshoeu and Paul Scholes of Manchester United do for their clubs, arriving late in the box to score vital goals for their teams.

The Bonteheuwel-born player has been an inspiration to all aspiring professional soccer players after having risen from the obscurity of amateur soccer barely a year ago, and should most definitely be considered for future national squads if his form continues.

He will be up against a number of players who he is in direct competition with, such as Moshoeu, Jabu Pule and Stanton Fredericks, giving him a golden opportunity to prove that he can mix it with the best of players.

Solomons will certainly be looking to Bantam to provide his team with the thrust from midfield, especially as it seems as if Tyren Arendse and Fees Moloi are both out of the equation for this game.

Although still untested on the really big stage, Bantam feels he can do the job for his manager.

"There can't be a bigger pressure than playing against Chiefs in front of their fanatical supporters. But Santos are rated amoung the big guns these days, so I see no reason to bow to Chiefs," the number seven told the Cape Times.

He feels that the People's Team will play to their strengths - teamwork and team spirit to overcome their more glamorous hosts.

"It's going to be 11 against 11 out there, but we have the better teamwork. We may have to do without one or two key players, but such is the spirit in the camp that whoever comes in knows what's expected of them. No one has really let the team down," he said.

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