Preview - Santos v Swallows
After being eliminated in the semi-finals of the Absa Cup by fellow Capetonians Ajax Cape Town last Sunday, Engen Santos are hoping to bid their long-serving defender Edries 'Burty' Burton a winning farewell when they host Moroka Swallows in a Castle Premiership match at Athlone Stadium on Friday evening (kick-off 8pm).
The encounter against the 'Birds' will be Burton's last match in front of his beloved Santos contingent since joining the club - then known as Lightbodies Santos - in the 1989-90 season, having moved from amateur club Moonlighters AFC.
Former SA Under-23 international Thando Mngomeni told the official PSL website this week that 'Burty' deserved a winning sending off after his extraordinary career.
"'Burty' has earned all the success he has had through hard work. I mean, the guy is never injured; you can always rely on him," said Mngomeni.
"I have been fortunate to have played alongside him, since joining from the development side, and it has been an honour to have rubbed shoulders with such a person in my short career.
"We must win at home on Friday for his sake so that he can take the position of COO of the club with pride."
Speedy Santos midfielder Jonathan Armogam added that 'Burty' could be very proud of what he had achieved in his long and distinguished career.
"He is a good professional and a great role model, not only for me personally but for other youngsters as well," Armogam explained. "I will miss having him around as a guide and advisor."
This and that about Edries 'Burty' Burton:
Full name: Edries Burton
Date of Birth: 13 December 1968
Place of Birth: Heideveld, Cape Town
Jersey number: 23
Nationality: South African
Marital status: Married
Former clubs: Moonlighters AFC (amateur), Santos, Cape Town Spurs, AmaZulu
National caps: Two
Honours: 1995 NSL champion, 1995; 2001 Bob Save Super Bowl winner, 1996 Four Nations Cup winner, 2002 BP Top Eight Cup winner, 2001/02 PSL champion, 2003 Absa Cup winner
Highest educational qualification reached: Matric/Accounting Diploma
Food: Butter Chicken
Car: BMW 318i
National soccer team: Argentina
Overseas player: Lionel Messi
Local player: Wayne Arendse
Holiday destination: London
Hobbies: Spending time with family