Jomo Cosmos moved up to 6th on the NFD log after a hard fought 2-1 win against Real Kings on Sunday afternoon in Vosloorus.
Only four points now separate Cosmos and the joint log leaders Stellenbosch and Mbombela United respectively, but Ezenkosi were made to sweat for the victory as Real Kings battled to the very end.
Ezenkosi drew first blood midway through the opening half when Clifford Mulenga finished off a sublime pass from Captain Linda “Figo” Mntambo.
Both teams created several goalmouth action but none was able to crack the whip as Cosmos led 1-0 at the break.
Five minutes into the second stanza, the visitors, much against the run of play, pulled level through Sievy-Guexane Nzambe who slammed home a direct free kick beyond the reach of Cosmos shot-stopper King Ndlovu.
Kings continued to take the game to their opponents and seemed to be making a huge impact until Ezenkosi boss, Jomo Sono decided to revert to a 4-4-2 formation, and introduced Mxolisi Macuphu into the fray.
That proved to be the masterstroke as the striker would go on to lay the killer pass for Makobela to score the winner deep into the second half.
The win took Cosmos’ tally to 11 points in eight matches as they moved up to 6th, while Kings slipped down to 14th with eight points in as many matches.
Jomo Cosmos will be looking to go a step further when they visit NFD new boys, Super Eagles FC at Goble Park Stadium next Sunday.
22-10-17, NFD, Vosloorus Stadium
JOMO COSMOS 2 (Mulenga 22’ Makobela 80’)
REAL KINGS FC (Nzambe 49’)
COSMOS (3-6-1/4-5-1): K Ndlovu – Lingwati, Nsabiyumva, Rasilingwane – Gebhardt, Haoseb, Mntambo (Capt), Makobela, Maziya, M Ndlovu (Mabula 90’) – Mulenga (Macuphu 69’).
SUBS NOT USED: Ramakgasha, Laqwela, Marebane, Tlabakwe, Makgatho
COACH: Jomo Sono
KINGS (3-5-2): Stuart Goss – Brian Hlongwa, Sello Motsepa, Sihle Mtshali (Nkosingiphile Phewa 46’) – Ayanda Ngcongo, Innocent Majola, Luckyboy Mokoena (Capt), Stevy-Guevane Nzambe, Lindokuhle Mtshali (Kwazi Cele 90’) – Phumelele Bhengu, Siphesihle Nzimande (Ntsako makhubela 35’)
SUBS NOT USED: Mlungisi Mazibuko, Siyavuya Ndlovu, Siyabonga Shoyisa, Khanyisani Ndlovu
COACH: Simo Sydney Dladla
BOOKED: Haoseb, Ngcongo, Mulenga, Lingwati