Santos up for relegation scrap
SANTOS skipper Tyren Arendse said maximum effort is key to his club's hopes of surviving the possible drop after their battle against relegation received a massive boost with a win over Kaizer Chiefs at the weekend.
The veteran captain, who was part of the Santos side when they won the league title a decade ago, added that "fight and determination" will help save their top-flight status.
Santos are just one point off safety after their 2-1 win over Chiefs, which snapped a six- match winless streak for the Cape Town club.
"Chiefs were on top of us for most of the time but effort is most important and that is what we showed," said the 31-year-old midfielder.
"The most important thing is that we need points and that is what we got."
Asked by reporters why Santos seemed to reserve their best performances for matches against clubs like Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, who they beat 3-0 at home last month, Arendse said: "If we played like that every week, we would have won the league!
"It is something the players at Santos will have to work on for next season - to be more consistent."
Santos face another tough test away at Mamelodi Sundowns in Atteridgeville on Sunday and play their last three matches of the campaign against Free State Stars (home), AmaZulu (away) and Jomo Cosmos (home).