Jomo Cosmos went down to Mbombela United by a solitary goal in their National First Division (NFD) clash decided at KaNyamazane Stadium, Mpumalanga on Saturday afternoon.
Ezenkosi were dealt a cruel blow in the first half when front man Mxolisi Macuphu was given his marching orders for a rough challenge.
But despite this disadvantage, the visitors held on courageously until the dying moments of the game before Tshediso Patjie struck to give Mbombela the maximum points.
It was Ezenkosi’s third defeat on the road, following previous losses to Milano United and Stellenbosch FC.
Saturday’s outcome saw Cosmos slipping down to 5th on the log with the results of Sunday’s two games still pending.
Ezenkosi’s next league fixture comes up after the two-week long FIFA break when they welcome NFD new boys Real Kings FC to Olen Park Stadium.