Jomo Cosmos returned to winning ways when they narrowly defeated Witbank Spurs 1-0 to finish on a high as the league reached half way stage last Saturday.
Chibuike Ohizu’s well-taken penalty kick midway through the first half separated the sides in a game that could have gone either way.
Spurs defender, Nduduzo Phakhati had handled the ball under pressure and referee Jelly Chivane wasted no time pointing to the spot.
The game was temporarily called off by the referee in the 15th minute following thunderstorms and lightning that threatened to ruin the day, but it was game on again as the weather improved 10 minutes later.
Cosmos boss, Jomo Sono gave starting shirts to aspiring left back, Ntokozo Ntetha and young goalkeeper, Melusi Buthelezi as Xolani Mahlangu got the nod in midfield following Seun Ledwaba’s suspension.
The home side endured several testy moments particularly in the dying minutes as Spurs mounted a wave of attacks but were constantly repelled by Ezenkosi’s resilient back line.
Saturday’s win moved Ezenkosi one step up the ladder to no. 10 with 20 points in 15 matches, while Spurs slipped down to the bottom of the log with 12 points in the same number of matches.
Ezenkosi start second round hostilities when they host Maccabi FC on January 6, 2019.
NFD, 22 December, 2018; Vosloorus Stadium
Ref: Jelly Chivane
JOMO COSMOS (1) 1 Chibuike Ohizu 29’pen.
WITBANK SPURS 0
COSMOS: Buthelezi – Tshangane (Zondi 75’), S. Nkosi, Lebahi ©, Ntokozo Ntetha – Mabula, Mncube, Mahlangu, Maziya (Jnr Sono 78’) – Mashumba (Makgatho 77’), Ohizu.
SUBS NOT USED: Chibwe, Gumede, Kg Ndlovu, Maimela.
COACH: Jomo Sono
SPURS: Tsebo Tsotestsi – Thomas Ngobe, Khayalethu Mjoli, Lukhele Mavuso, Nduduzo Phakathi – Patrick Mubayiwa (Slovo Mrawu 50’), Olelang Shaku, Peter Mubayiwa, Doctor Skhosana (Cleopas Dube 68’) – Khethukuthula Zwane, Quientin Debouto (Bongani Shabalala 83’).
SUBS NOT USED: Siphumelele Mbulu, Nhlakanipho Myeza, Moses Raphelele, Odwa Bushula.
COACH: Themba Mafu
BOOKED: Zwane, Mjoli, Mncube