Thanda vs Cosmos: Makobela returns, Macuphu still suspended

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Tebogo Makobela

NFD pacesetters, Thanda Royal Zulu are set to welcome Jomo Cosmos to this weekend’s high profile clash that promises plenty of excitement and fireworks.

Both teams will do battle at the Umhlathuze Sports Complex in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, where Thanda have won all five of their home games this season.

The home side go into this tie top of the log with 25 points in 11 matches, while Ezenkosi are 5th with 16 points from a similar number of matches.

Cosmos received a boost ahead of the encounter as speedy winger cum midfielder, Tebogo Makobela returned after recovering from a foot injury, while Wiseman Maluleke and Lefa Hlongwane also regained their places in the squad.

However, Ezenkosi front man, Mxolisi Macuphu will be missing his second straight game after being sent off during the Mbombela United-Cosmos match on November 5. Similarly, Brice Aka is unavailable after the veteran Ivorian striker picked up a slight knee injury at training.

Meanwhile, the PSL has directed that a minute’s silence be observed for the late Kaizer Chiefs legend, Kito Petrus “Ten-Ten” Nzimande prior to kick off.

This will apply at all weekend fixtures: Telkom Knock-out semi-finals on Saturday, Absa Premiership fixture on Sunday and NFD fixtures on Saturday and Sunday.

“Ten-Ten” Nzimande played for Kaizer Chiefs from 1970 until 1978, and participated in Kaizer Chiefs’ first Soweto Derby on 24 January 1970, 17 days after the foundation of the club on 7 January 1970.

JOMO COSMOS SQUAD TO FACE THAND ROYAL ZULU

GOALKEEPERS: Clement Ramakgasha, Thabo Davis Modiba.
DEFENDERS: Siphenathi Laqwela, Mpho Rasilingwane, Thato Lingwati, Frederic Nsabiyumva, Sipho Mngomezulu, Ange Dahou Lebahi.
MIDFIELDERS: Njabulo Qwabe, Tebogo Tlolane, Denzil Haoseb, Tebogo Makobela, Linda Mntambo, Wiseman Maluleke, Matsilele Sono Junior.
FORWARDS: Kevin Ndayisenga, Lefa Hlongwane, Nkanyiso Madonsela.

-Mark Ogagan

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