Absa Premiership

Beware, Jomo Cosmos are coming

2018-02-18 06:00
Jomo Sono (Gallo)

Johannesburg - Club boss Jomo Sono believes his side can still win the National First Division (NFD) title and gain automatic promotion to the Absa Premiership.

Jomo Cosmos are 11 points behind log leaders Highlands Park, but Sono says football is unpredictable.

He hopes his side will narrow the gap to eight points when the teams meet at Vosloorus Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

“We will only stop believing when the season ends. As of now, anything is possible. This is football,” said Sono ahead of their clash.

He said that, with 10 games to go, this game was not a must-win for his side, but conceded that a defeat would make their lives difficult.

“They must be worried about who is coming behind them. They must always look over their shoulders, and this is not easy for any side. As for us, we are going to make life difficult for those ahead of us and fight for that number one spot until the last game. Anything is possible as they can slump like we did,” said Sono.

He said the departure of three of his key players affected the side’s rhythm, hence their mini slump.

Cosmos lost Linda Mntambo and Mxolisi Macuphu to Absa Premiership side Chippa United.

Ezenkosi were second on the table at the start of this year and four points behind Highlands Park, but have since dropped to fourth place. But Sono believes they are now on the right track and will give the title another shot.

“It’s never easy when you lose your best players as that affects the balance of the team. We have a lot of youngsters who are eager to impress.”

Sono said a few Ezenkosi players were nursing injuries, but challenged those available to rise to the occasion.

“If you play for Cosmos, it means you are good enough to make the team and I expect them to prove me right.”

He said they wanted to maintain their good home record, where they have not lost a game this season.

With only two teams from the NFD contesting the play-offs, Ezenkosi know they need a win to put pressure on the sides directly above them - Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila and Real Kings.

Sono appealed for strong match officials who will not be scared to make decisions to officiate today’s match.

After being knocked out of the Nedbank Cup this week, Highlands Park will now focus solely on their league campaign.

Coach Owen Da Gama will be hoping their loss to Stellenbosch on Wednesday was a blessing in disguise as they can now channel all their efforts into winning the league.

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