Cosmos shock Baroka to zoom into Nedbank Cup last 16

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Cosmos midfielder, Seun Ledwaba (L), in a tussle with Baroka defender, Hassan Banda Tuesday night.

Jomo Cosmos moved to the next stage of the Nedbank Cup after upsetting Premier League side Baroka FC 1-0 at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night.

Inky Masuku’s cool finish just before the half hour mark was sufficient to steer Ezenkosi to the last 16 following a defence splitting pass by Nigerian forward, Chibuike Ohizu.

Cosmos captain Ange Lebahi should have put his team ahead within the opening 10 minutes but his point blank header was brilliantly saved on the goal line by Elvis Chipezeze.

Lebahi’s resilience and solid partnership with Nigerian centre back, Stanley Umukoro would later earn him the Man of the Match Award.

The hosts reacted positively after the opening goal, probing deeply into the Cosmos half, but Ezenkosi’s experienced back line held sway.

Cosmos goalkeeper, Mwenya Chibwe was the standout performer as he produced several stunning saves to deny Bakgaga in a tense second half period that saw the visitors surviving a series of relentless attacks to nick the tie.

Meanwhile, the PSL announced that the draw for the Round of 16 will be conducted on Thursday in Johannesburg.

MATCH FACTS

29 January, 2019; Nedbank Cup, Round of 32, New Peter Mokaba Stadium
BAROKA FC 0
JOMO COSMOS (1) 1 (Masuku 29’)
Ref:
Thando Ndzandzeka
BAROKA: Elvis Chipezeze – Hassan Banda (Matome Kgoetyane 46’), Thabiso Semenya, Bonginkosi Makume, Ananias Gebhardt – Tshidiso Patjie (Rodwell Chinyengetere 54’), Letladi Madubanya (Orebotse Mongae 68’), Mdududzi Mdantsane ©, Collins Makgaka, Tebogo Sodi – Jemondre Dickens.
SUBS NOT USED: Sikhumbuzo Ncube,
COACH:Wedson Nyirenda
COSMOS: Chibwe – Obi, Umukoro, Lebahi ©, Hanamub – S. Ledwaba, Gie, Kekana (Mncube 59’), Mbokoma (Maziya79’) – Ohizu (Jnr Sono 75’), Masuku.
SUBS NOT USED: Buthelezi, A. Nkosi, Khwinana, S. Nkosi.
COACH: Jomo Sono
BOOKED: S. Ledwaba, Umukoro

-Mark Ogagan

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