Absa Premiership

Leopards earn point at Cosmos

2015-05-27 17:27
Lebogang Mabotja and Linda Mntambo (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Jomo Cosmos could not produce the form that gave them a 4-1 win over Moroka Swallwos last week when they played to a 0-0 draw against Black Leopards at the Vaal University of Technology Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The draw means Ezenkosi will remain at the top of the PSL Promotional play-off standings with goal difference and closer to regaining their PSL status .

However, next weekend’s result between Leopards and Moroka Swallows is set to change the log table.

The visitors were the better side in the first-half and they were looking sharp as they targeted the three points to erase their 2-0 loss against Moroka Swallows last week.

A great combination between Linda Mntambo and Brice Aka saw Mntambo unleashing a powerful shot, but  itfailed to trouble goalkeeper Avhashoni Tshinuna as early as the 13th minute.

Zeca Marques’ men constantly attacked Ezenkosi and in the 15th minute Thomas Madimba's effort was saved by goalkeeper,Sherwin Naicker who was the busiest of the two keepers on the field of play.

In the 22nd minute, again Naicker was called to action when he made a brilliant save to deny Ivan Mahangwahaya from a corner.

Two minutes later, Lidoda Duvha came knocking, however, they failed to capitalise on Mahangwahaya’s skill in the box as Roggert Nyundu's effort went narrowly wide.

As the game progressed, Naicker proved to be the man separating Leopards from scoring a goal when he denied Nyundu twice as he tried to curl the ball into the far corner.

Despite the pressure piled on Ezenkosi, the hosts managed to head to the tunnel without conceding.

The beginning of the second stanza saw the visitors continuing with their attacks when Nyundu beat his marker, but his effort was blocked by Frederic Nsabiyumva five minutes into the second half.

Ezenkosi, led by the experienced Aka upfront retaliated but his shot was saved by Tshinuna giving hope to the hosts.

Towards the 80th minute, the match lost its spark as Leopards pushed for an opener with Mumuni Abubakar’s attempt saved by Naicker.

A few minutes later Cosmos receive a free-kick, but Tshinuna did well to grab the ball in the air.

In the last five minutes a brilliant interchange of passes from Lidoda Duvha saw Thabo Ralebakeng nearly scoring in his own net when communication broke down between him and Naicker.

Tshinuna made a stunning save in the dying seconds to deny Charlton Mashumba who was quiet for the better part of the match as both sides shared the spoils.


Jomo Cosmos: Naicker, Nsabiyumva, Mthembu, Ralebakeng, Mashele, Mntambo (B. Sono 90+2’), Monare, Maluleke (Ndzimandze 80’), Lingwati, Mashumba, Aka (Madonsela 72’)

Black Leopards: Tshinuna, Nyirenda, Nyundu, Maphangule, Ntshangase, Mabotja, Abubakar, Madimba (Radebe T. 89’), Munyai, Ndou, Mahangwahaya

Read more on:    jomo cosmos  |  black leopards  |  psl  |  johannesburg  |  soccer


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Friday, 24 January 2020
Cape Town City v Black Leopards, Cape Town Stadium 20:00
SuperSport United v Chippa United, Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 25 January 2020
Stellenbosch v Polokwane City, Cape Town Stadium 15:30
Golden Arrows v Kaizer Chiefs, Moses Mabhida Stadium 15:30
Orlando Pirates v AmaZulu, Orlando Stadium 18:00
Sunday, 26 January 2020
Baroka FC v Maritzburg United, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

And the 2019/20 Absa Premiership champions will be ... ?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.