Pirates, Cosmos play to 1-1 draw in friendly game

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Jomo Cosmos played to a 1-1 draw against their Orlando Pirates counterparts in a friendly game decided at Rand Stadium on Saturday morning.

Ezenkosi took advantage of the FIFA International break to give some of their fringe players a run as they prepare for next Friday’s crucial NFD tie away to Cape Town All-Stars.

Both sides played their hearts out in the gritty encounter that saw Cosmos giving players like Nhlakanipho “Kalu” Khumalo, Karabo “Shakes” Mkhabela and Miciam Mhone a chance to showcase their skills.

Cosmos enjoyed most of the possession in the opening stages, and this would later pay off handsomely when Mkhabela finished off a pass from Mhone to put Ezenkosi in front.

But the Buccaneers rallied back to tie the score through Balisa Yanga who nodded past Ezenkosi goalkeeper, Williams Okpara Junior with only few minutes remaining.

COSMOS LINE-UP
Williams Okpara Jnr – Tumisang Mashele, Mpho Rasilingwane, Thato Sithole, Khanyisani Sithole – Miciam Mhone, Khomotso Marebane (Hendrik Somaeb), Karabo Mkhabela, Nhlakanipho Khumalo, Njabulo Qwabe (Franklin Ogbonna) – Xola Mosiea

-Mark Ogagan

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