Midfielder Santo lives and breathes Vasco Da Gama

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Robbie Santo is a club man through and through, and one of the most loyal footballers in South Africa.

Santo began playing for Vasco da Gama aged five – and, for him, playing for the Parow club is an honour and a privilege.

“I think I was born to play for Vasco,” said Santo, who captains the club’s first team which is doing so well in the National First Division (NFD).

“I’m no addict, but when it comes to my club and playing in their colours, I get an adrenalin rush; a feeling like no other. It’s always been that way for me: from day one I arrived at the club and felt a special bond to be at a place with such a deep-rooted and proud history to its name.

Midfielder Santo lives and breathes Vasco Da Gama
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“As a senior player today, while having experienced many ups and downs on the way, I try to do my bit and will do so until the day I hang up my boots.”

Sadly, due to an injury picked up in last weekend’s derby win over Santos, midfielder Santo, pictured, will be watching on as his team bids for a seventh straight win against strugglers Blackburn Rovers tomorrow.

Vasco are currently third on the NFD standings on 30 points, one point behind log-leading city rivals Chippa and level with second-placed Milano (who have a better goal difference).

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Santo added that his absence from the clash against Rovers won’t be that much of a problem because of the depth and quality of the squad.
“We’ve been able to field pretty much the same starting XI for many games now. When there’s a change here and there, the players stepping in have done so easily.

“Credit goes to our coach Keenin Lesch for what he’s been able to accomplish in his maiden season. His work ethic and understanding of the local game, and how to manage each and every player’s differing needs, have made a huge impact and got us to where we are today.

“Of course, the role of the backroom staff, from shareholders to the supporters, has also played a major part as well.”

By Mike de Bruyn – Cape Argus

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