Cosmos snatch late draw
Siyabonga Nontshinga (Backpage)
Giyani - Jomo Cosmos had to wait until the 90th minute for an equaliser thanks to Siyabonga Nontshinga, which broke the hearts of Black Leopards who took an early lead through Joshua Obaje.
The 1-1 draw at the Giyani Stadium means that both teams remain at the foot of the table, with Cosmos stone last.
The opener came after just 16 minutes when Nigerian striker Obaje took his opportunity from close range thanks to a cross by Mahlatse Maake on the left flank.
It seemed as if Leopards would hold on for the win, but Cosmos equalised in the 90th minute when Nontshinga scored from close range following good work by Ezenkosi substitute Bongani Theletsane.
After Obaje’s goal, Bamuza Sono and Ousmane Berthe put in some strong challenges but the home team kept fighting and held their lead until the half-time break.
Leopards started the second half well and defended carefully, looking as though they were going to protect their 1-0 lead.
Maake, who was a victim of some big tackles in the opening half, was booked for a foul on Cosmos defender Shabalala before Jomo Sono made two tactical changes, bringing on Alton Meiring and Bongani Theletsane to add some experience and some pace to the attack respectively.
Almost immediately Meiring drew a save from Posnett Omony when his header from Sono’s corner kick was tipped around the post.
In the 79th minute Omony was called into action again, this time denying Wambi and Moloto in quick succession.
But Omony could do nothing to deny Nontshinga his 90th minute equaliser as another Sono substitute, Theletsane, created the goal.Scorers:
Black Leopards (1) 1 (Obaje 16’)
Jomo Cosmos (0) 1 (Nontshinga 90’)Teams:Leopards:
Omony - Taaibos, Tshabalala, Nyirenda, Xakane - Bobe, Mabunda, Masuku, Maake (Mapolisa 73’) - Mongalo (Zulu 90’), Obaje (Nkhatha 65’)
Phali - Hlalele, Moloto, Shabalala, Berthe - Nhlapo, Pila (Meiring 58’), B Sono (Wambi 72’), Samb - Loke (Theletsane 58’), Nontshinga