Nsabiyumva disappointed with ‘poor season’


Ezenkosi Captain and centre back, Frederic Nsabiyumva says he was disappointed to see the team finish in a lowly position on the NFD log at the end of season 2016-2017.

Amidst hopes of a quick return to the Premier League following the team’s relegation to the First Division in 2016, Jomo Cosmos finished the current season in a rather disappointing 10th at the end of hostilities after showing early promise during the first round.

“Personally I am very disappointed with our performance, and so is everyone attached to the team. We set a target for ourselves to return to the Absa Premiership after a season, but that wasn’t to be,” Nsabiyumva reflected on the passing season that was characterized with inconsistent results and a glaring lack of the killer punch.

“We lacked the bite and cutting edge of great teams, and obviously a lot went wrong with our plans to dominate the division and chart our way back to reckoning.

“Looking back, I guess we should have done better, particularly in the first round when we dropped crucial points at home. Our strikers were also not delivering, and at a point, scoring goals was becoming a nightmare. You can’t win matches by just defending, you need goals to do that, and that was our biggest problem,” said the Burundi international.

Cosmos was the fourth lowest scoring side after Santos (16), FC Cape Town (27), and University of Pretoria (32), at the end of the season, bagging only 33 goals in 30 games.

However, there are positives to take home from this season’s adventure, such as the team finishing as fifth best defensive side in NFD after conceding the same number of goals in open play, as well as reaching the quarter-finals of the Nedbank Cup.

Nsabiyumva, who scored three league goals this season, joined Cosmos from Vital’O FC in 2014.

-Mark Ogagan


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