Cosmos maul Mthatha Bucks to edge closer to Play-Offs

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Jomo Cosmos took a big step towards grabbing a Play-Off spot in the NFD when they smashed hosts Mthatha Bucks 3-0 at Mthatha Stadium last Saturday.

While the visitors celebrated a significant victory, it was gloom for the home side as their relegation was finally confirmed.

Cosmos launched a series of attacks straight from kick off and made their intentions known as early as the 7th minute when Namibian international, Denzil Haoseb hit the cross bar with a ferocious free kick.

Thirteen minutes later, Haoseb turned provider for his compatriot, Ananias ‘Junior’ Gebhardt who headed the ball home from inside the box.

In the 35th minute, a cross by Clifford Mulenga found Nkanyiso Zungu unmarked at the far post, and the midfielder nodded into the net to double Ezenkosi’s lead.

Mmiseni “Ndishi” Ndlovu then ended the contest with a cool finish from Zungu’s assist to put Cosmos 3-0 up shortly before half time.

The victory meant Ezenkosi held on to their 3rd position on the log with 46 points in 28 matches, while defeat plunged Mthatha Bucks to the ABC Motsepe League.

MATCH STATS

MTHATHA BUCKS 0
JOMO COSMOS (3) (Gebhardt 20’ Zungu 35’ M Ndlovu 38’)
BUCKS: Andile Mbanjwa – Khumbulani Mkhize, Steve Anoma, Tshepiso Lietsisa (Mashale Rantabane 43’), Tebogo Ntuli – Enva Wiltwer, Thabiso Mokoena (Lungile Mayekiso 43’), Linda Bhengu (Uhuru Mwambungu 70’), Mpho Erasmus, Zairon Abrahams – Chileshe Kangwa.
SUBS NOT USED: Loyiso Simandla, Samkelo Ndletyana, Kaketso Majadibodu, Terrence Mashego.
COACH: Julius Dube
COSMOS: K Ndlovu – Laqwela, Rasilingwane, Lebahi (Lingwati 49’), Gebhardt – Haoseb (Capt), Sibeko, Jnr Sono (Xolani Mpontshane 46’), Zungu, M Ndlovu – Mulenga (Hlongwane 68’).
SUBS NOT USED: Ramakgasha, Tshawe, Makgatho, Manjoe.
COACH: Jomo Sono
BOOKED: Anoma, Rasilingwane, Zungu

-Mark Ogagan

 

 

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