Cosmos, AmaZulu in stalemate
Benoni - Jomo Cosmos and AmaZulu played to a goalless draw in their Absa Premiership match played at the Sinaba Stadium in Benoni on Tuesday night.
Playing at home, Cosmos were hoping to pick up their first points of the season, but they suffered an early setback when they had to make a substitution as early as the fifth minute.
Buti Khoza, in goal and on his debut for the home side, had to be substituted after receiving a blow to the head and was replaced by Abisai Shimimgay.
Following the early disruption to their plans, Cosmos seemed to adjust quite quickly and controlled the majority of the possession in the first 45 minutes. Still, despite that fact they struggled to create goal scoring chances and only had one shot on goal in the dying minutes of the half.
For AmaZulu, even though they were not seeing much of the ball they pestered the Cosmos goal with long range shots, but with very little effect.
Donovan Thompson was the first player to have a shot on goal, but it was a poor one as his 22-yard effort sailed well wide of the target in the 11th minute.
Ayanda Dlamini’s shooting, though, was much more accurate as he pulled the best out of Shimimgay in the 20th minute. The AmaZulu striker fired a powerful 20-yard shot goalwards, but saw his effort superbly saved by the Cosmos keeper diving low to his left.
Seven minutes later and Ayanda Dlamini was in the thick of the action again and this time his shooting let him down as his 30-yard pile-driver skimmed the wrong side of the upright.
As the half progressed, Usuthu struggled to hold onto the ball for the remainder of the half as Cosmos played some nice possession football, but still they couldn’t create chances in front of goal.
Finally, two minutes from the half time break, Cosmos had their first attempt on goal when Katlego Loke let loose with a powerful shot on the edge of the AmaZulu 18-yard area, but it was straight at the keeper and Tapuwa Kapini made a relatively comfortable save.
The second half was not nearly as exciting as the first stanza as both teams were unable to create chances in front of goal. Instead, both sides squandered possession with poor passing and horribly long range shots.
This made for a dull and dreary half as the game filtered out into a 0-0 draw.
Jomo Cosmos (0) 0
AmaZulu (0) 0
Cosmos: Khoza (Shimimgay 5’), Appiah, Shabalala, Nonyane, Kobola, Berthe, Mngomezulu, Tukane, Loke (Sono 73’), Nhlapho, Dondo (Maringa 67’)
AmaZulu: Kapini, Mayongo, Chavula, Teyise, Nyadombo, Zhuwawo, Zwane, Thompson (Mokoro 57’), G Dlamini (Khumalo 81’), Shipahu (Wallis 66’), A Dlamini