Santos, Cosmos share spoils in Cape battle

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Action shot from Wednesday’s game

Jomo Cosmos did themselves no favours after throwing away a first half lead to allow Santos a share of the points in the NFD clash decided in Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on Wednesday afternoon.

However, the result should come as a relief to Cosmos fans as Ezenkosi’s last three visits to Cape Town this season ended in defeats against Milano United, Stellenbosch FC and FC Cape Town.

Cosmos boss, Jomo Sono, rang changes in his line-up for Wednesday’s game, starting the previously uncapped young right back, Siphenathi Laqwela, while reintroducing Mpho Rasilingwane in central defence in place of skipper Frederic Nsabiyumva.

Santos seemed to enjoy more ball possession in the opening stages, but it was the visitors who grabbed the lead just before half time when Mxolisi Macuphu volleyed home from Wiseman Maluleke’s corner kick for his sixth league goal of the season.

Any chances of Cosmos running away with the maximum points hit a brick wall when Suhayl Allie drew the home side level from a free kick just before the hour mark.

Within the last 10 minutes of the game, Cosmos introduced Xola Mosiea for Wiseman Maluleke and Raymond Maluleke for Matsilele Sono Junior, but the score line remained the same until the final whistle.

The 1-1 draw threw Santos into deeper waters as they remain rooted to the bottom of the log, while Cosmos remain 10th with a game in hand.

Meanwhile, Thanda Royal Zulu were crowned NFD Champions after increasing their points haul to an unassailable 56 points following their 2-1 defeat of Stellenbosch FC on Wednesday.

Subsequently, Thanda are automatically promoted to the Premier League, while the second and third placed teams in the NFD qualify for a three-team mini-league play-off which includes the team that finishes 15th in the PSL.

-Mark Ogagan

 

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