Jomo Cosmos’ chances of getting at least a play-off spot in the NFD suffered a dent on Sunday after the team went down to city rivals Maccabi FC by a lone at Vosloorus Stadium.
It was the opening game of 2019, which also marked the start of the second round of 2018-2019 NFD season.
Zanempi Methula’s solitary goal in the third minute of stoppage time condemned Ezenkosi to their second home defeat of the season and sixth overall, leaving them with a mountain to climb in their quest for promotion to the Absa Premiership.
The striker took advantage of a momentary lapse of concentration in Ezenkosi’s backline to prod the ball home giving goalkeeper Melusi Buthelezi no chance.
Incidentally, Cosmos had beaten Maccabi by the same score when both teams clashed for the first time in Dobsonville last September, so it was a revenge of sorts for the visitors.
Sunday’s game saw Cosmos creating several scoring opportunities but lacked the cutting edge and finishing power to put their opponents to the sword.
Influential midfielder, Tebogo Mabula exited the game before half time after sustaining a knee injury, forcing the Cosmos bench to alter team strategy as Ange Lebahi was moved to midfield.
The defeat left Cosmos in the bottom six of the NFD standings with 20 points in 16 matches, 14 points adrift of log leaders Stellenbosch FC.
However, Ezenkosi have a chance to redeem their image and get back on track when they visit fourth-placed Ajax Cape Town on Friday at Athlone Stadium.
NFD, 06 January, 2019; Vosloorus Stadium
JOMO COSMOS 0
MACCABI FC (0) 1 (Methula 90+3)
Ref: Tshidiso Maruping
COSMOS: Buthelezi – Tshangane (Zondi 59’), Sifiso Nkosi, Lebahi ©, Hanamub – Mabula (Maimela 37’ ), S. Ledwaba, Mncube, Maziya, Jnr Sono (Masuku 68’) – Ohizu
SUBS NOT USED: Chibwe, 37. Lethlogonolo Kekana, Kg Ndlovu, A. Nkosi.
COACH: Jomo Sono
MACCABI: Loydt Kazapua – Themba Mavundla (Vincent Sithole 64’), Sizwe Nkosi, Dumisane Bohale, Sipho Sibiya – Ndiviwe Mdabuka, Xola Mosiea (Sandile Khwela 81’), Mthokozisi Shwabule, Lebogang Mokoena – Madoda Motha, Zanempi Methula
SUBS NOT USED: Clement Ramakgasha, Jerry Msane, Deveraux Springbok, Moses Dlamini, Sydney Mtshweni
COACH: Mokete Tsotetsi