Ajax edge hard-fighting Cosmos in NFD opener

Gerald Takwara of Ajax Cape Town challenges Sinky Masuku of Jomo Cosmos  during the National First Division  match between Jomo Cosmos and  Ajax Cape Town on the 19 August 2018 at Vosloorus Stadium / Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

A new-look Jomo Cosmos side showed glimpses of naivety and inexperience during their 1-2 defeat by visiting Ajax Cape Town in Vosloorus last Sunday.

The home side had no less than seven new players in their starting XI, and key players like Ange Lebahi, Riaan Hanamub and Chibuike Ohizu were conspicuously absent due to permit issues.

After trailing by a first half lone goal scored by Samuel Julies following a defensive blunder, Ezenkosi adopted a different approach in the second half and became more adventurous in attack.

Their efforts finally paid off with less than 10 minutes left to play when Isaac Nhlapo was adjudged to have illegally brought down Tebogo Mabula in the box.

Cosmos Captain on the day, Inky Masuku then stepped up and scored the penalty kick to draw both sides level.

But barely a minute later, Ezenkosi’s defence slipped up yet again, allowing substitute Prince Nxumalo to turn and fire a low shot past goalkeeper Mwenya Chibwe for the winning goal.

Cosmos have a chance to redeem themselves when they travel to Kameelrivier Stadium next Sunday to lock horns with NFD rookies TS Galaxy.

MATCH FACTS

Jomo Cosmos (0) 1 (Masuku 83’pen.)
Ajax Cape Town (1) 2 (Julies 33’ Nxumalo 84’)
Ref:
COSMOS
Mwenya Chibwe

Bafana Tshawe
Sicelokuhle Hlatshwayo
Grigorii Grishin
Seun Ledwaba

Obi (Sanele Gumede 89’)
Xolani Mahlangu (Daclen Ngwetjana 63’)
Tebogo Mabula
Vusimuzi Mncube
Dawny Makgatho
Inky Masuku (Captain)
COACH:
Jomo Sono

AJAX
Brandon Petersen (Captain)
Sirgio Kammies
Isaac Nhlapo
Keenan Abrahams
Yagan Sasman
Grant Margeman (Kaketso Majadibodu 73’)
Thendo Mukumela
Gerald Takwara
Rodrick Kabwe
Tashreeq Morris (Raymond Monama 46’)
Samuel Julies (Prince Nxumalo 62’)
COACH:
Muhsin Ertugral

BOOKED: Julies, Petersen, Yagan, Monama

-Mark Ogagan

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