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Jomo Cosmos relegated

2012-05-16 22:11

Benoni - Late goals by Tshidiso Tukane and Matthew Rusike could not save Jomo Cosmos from relegation in the Premier Soccer League as two goals by Black Leopards captain Mongezi Bobe saw the PSL match end in an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Sinaba Stadium on Wednesday night.
 
The relegation is Jomo Sono’s third in row after being promoted and then relegated the last three times Cosmos have found themselves in the top flight.
 
Cosmos should have opened the scoring in the ninth minute when a right-footed shot by winger Katlego Loke from the right channel 20-yards out hit the post.
 
In the 16th minute, Sono’s men had another opportunity to open the scoring when a shot by Matthew Rusike with his right foot on the left from 18-yards out went over the bar.
 
Two minutes later, Leopards captain Mongezi Bobe could have handed the visitors the lead when his right-footed attempt from the right side of the field just inside the box went over the bar.
 
A minute before half-time Leopards had another attempt when Ernort Dzaga unleashed a right-footed shot from 35-yards on the right, but was saved by Cosmos keeper Avril Phali.
 
In the 45th minute Bobe again had a long range attempt, but his shot from the right channel, 25-yards from goal, again had the same result when it went over the bar.
 
The second half proved much more entertaining with four goals found in the last 18 minutes.
 
Cosmos fell behind the 72nd minute after great work from Raymond Monama on the left flank as he beat a defender before sending the ball into the area which was safely tucked into the back of the net by Bobe, 1-0.
 
Leopards doubled their lead four minutes later through the same man.
 
Bobe controlled the ball on the edge of the box as he went from the left side to the centre and unleashed a curling left footed shot that beat Cosmos 'keeper Avril Phali, 2-0.
 
The match had seemed won by Leopards, but the Ezenkosi pulled one back six minutes from time.
 
Tukane, who had only just came on as a substitute two minutes earlier, got Cosmos back into the match. A goal mouth scrambled ensued in the box and Tukane guided the ball into the net, 2-1.
 
Ezenkosi were then handed a lifeline in the relegation battle when Leopards squandered the two goal lead.
 
Siyabonga Nhlapo showed some vision as he found Rusike who beat the off-side trap and the Leopards keeper to make it 2-2 in the 88th minute.
 
Cosmos have now been automatically relegated from the PSL for the third consecutive time whilst Leopards are not safe yet as they are only two points ahead of Santos in the fight for survival and try to avoid the relegation/promotion playoffs.

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Comments
  • thamifraser - 2012-05-16 23:44

    Bra J, please do the right thing and relegate yourself from your team. If you do that you will save your team from future relegation.

      Mbuso - 2012-05-17 06:38

      I hv been following this team since 1988 but this days we look lyk spaza shop gone those days of happiness,i will support the team even in fnd does.n matter

  • Aggrey - 2012-05-17 05:29

    If South Africans will fail to unite and rally behind Jomo, then something is deadly rotten in the sport of soccer. With a gallant man who has perseviared for decades in an effort to enhance soccer standards, this is sad. I urge the powers that be to consider setting aside the relegation as a tribute to Jomos' ever good standing in society, play and team building capacity of which many a team owner lack. If a section of Youth hang their necks for leaders like Julius, my case is stronger for Jomo. It is not Jomo who is at fault but the the system aligned to relegation. It needs to be reviewed drastically. We need a referendum on this very important national issue. I will raise funding from Sundowns Patrice Motsepe and Chiefs Motaung for the cost of the referendum to save Jacob Zumas' mounting state cash troubles. Should these two Soccer bosses cry foul, then Cosatu has to mobilize in the name of Ubunthu. Viva Honourable Jomo. May the Lord forgive them all who do not believe in goodness. Forever touching your Heart.

      Faizie - 2012-05-17 06:37

      Eish, blame the system a South African national pass time. If you are not good enough you are not good enough.

  • Aggrey - 2012-05-17 06:59

    Faize. For all these years how can one interpret good enough. When not good enough, you don't last decades as Jomo has survived. Bloody Agent? Yes if you don't support me. Not a bloody Agent if you agree to my notion. We do it ANCYL style. Thats the culture building here if you love RSA.

  • Steve - 2012-05-17 07:07

    We will not miss you... I wish u also get relegated to Vodacom, then Castle regional league. KHOS4LIFE

  • marumobongani - 2012-05-17 07:27

    I think bra j needs a new challenge considering his big heart for the game take a bucs job and use cosmos as feeder to bucs for young talent and your name will be a force to reckoned with

  • Dumisani - 2012-05-17 15:26

    Fire the coach, please Jomo, Just fire the useless coach.

  • Katleho - 2012-05-18 10:01

    @Aggrey This is soccer not politics!!!! No points on the board = relegation. If you really want to save Jomo start your own league and spare us the melodramatics!

  • robert.kalamdien - 2012-05-23 07:57

    Sono is the new yoyo. Hell never come back to the PSL again. Retire and sell your franchise. You are useless!!!!

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