It may well be over for Jomo Cosmos in their quest for promotion after the team went down 2-0 to Ajax Cape Town in a Match Day 17 NFD fixture last Friday.
Ezenkosi were reduced to 10 men in the 81st minute when Noah Maimela received his marching orders for a second bookable offence following a handball incident in the box.
Though the resultant penalty was wasted by Sedwyn George who blasted his shot sky high, the damage had already been done as the Urban Warriors claimed their fifth straight win on the spin to go second on the log.
Thabo Mosadi fired Ajax into an early lead when he ran onto a through pass and dribbled past Cosmos goalkeeper, Mwenya Chibwe to slot the ball home after just four minutes.
Tashreeq Morris made the game safe just after the hour mark when he capitalized on a mistake by the Cosmos goalkeeper.
The Cosmos bench had introduced a 4-4-2 formation that saw newly-signed former Chippa United midfielder, Zaphaniah Mbokoma making his debut in a cold, windy and wet Athlone Stadium, while striker Ayanda Nkosi got a starting shirt for the second time in this campaign.
First choice goalkeeper, Mwenya Chibwe was also back between the sticks after missing out of the last three games due to a knee injury.
NFD, 11-01-19, Athlone Stadium
AJAX CAPE TOWN (1) 2 Mosadi 4’ Morris 62’
JOMO COSMOS 0
AJAX:Brandon Petersen (C), – Kaketso Majadibodu, Isaac Nhlapo, Thendo Mukumela, Yagan Sasman (Riyaaz Koopstadt 40’) – Thabo Mosadi, Gerald Takwara, Grant Margeman, Rodrick Kabwe – Sedwyn George, Tashreeq Morris (Gerald Phiri 78’).
SUBS NOT USED:Jody February, Morne Nel, Masilake Phohlongo, Tamsanqa Teyise, Sirgio Kammies.
COSMOS: Chibwe – Zondi, S. Nkosi, Maimela, Tshawe – Lebahi ©, S. Ledwaba, Zaphaniah Mbokoma, Jnr Sono – A. Nkosi (Masuku 61’), Ohizu (Mncube 61’).
SUBS NOT USED:Buthelezi, Kg Ndlovu, Kekana, Ngwepe.
COACH: Jomo Sono
SENT OFF: Maimela