Ezenkosi midfielder (R), Kagiso Ndlovu’s incredible pace leaves Cape Umoya defender, Masikole Nkewana gasping for breath.
Photo credit: @FARPostZA
Jomo Cosmos got their GladAfrica Championship (GAC) campaign back on track ahead of the international break when they edged visiting Cape Umoya United 1-0 at Giyani Stadium last Sunday.
After what seemed like an endless search for goals, Clint Fredericks eventually struck on 51 minutes to send the home crowd into raptures and give Ezenkosi their first win in six games.
Following the previous week’s 1-0 defeat by Richards Bay, Cosmos rang comprehensive changes, deploying Matsilele Junior Sono in an unfamiliar holding midfield role (which he executed with calmness and finesse), pushing Ange Lebahi back to central defence and giving wingers Kagiso Ndlovu and Clint Fredericks starting roles.
Namibian international wing back, Riaan Hanamub and Nigerian striker, Chibuike Ohizu were also reintroduced into the fray after missing the last three and four games respectively.
These changes seemed to give Cosmos a new sense of purpose as the team attacked their opponents right from the blast of the whistle.
However, the opening stanza proved to be a topsy-turvy affair with both teams canceling each other out and unable to produce specific goal scoring opportunities.
Kagiso Ndlovu and Clint Fredericks cut through on several occasions, giving Cape Umoya’s back line a torrid time with their pace and skill, but the final ball was always lacking.
Both teams went into the break still locked at 0-0, but when play resumed it was obvious which of the two teams wanted it more.
After a spate of forays upfront that saw Tebogo Mabula and Seun Ledwaba pulling the strings in midfield, Ndlovu broke through on the left flank and delivered a sublime pull out that found Fredericks ummarked at the far post. The winger coolly jabbed the ball home for the opener, giving goalkeeper Jody February no chance.
The visitors responded swiftly to put Ezenkosi’s defence on the back foot on a number of occasions, but front men Gregory Roelf and Nyiko Tshabangu were either foiled by Melusi Buthelezi or simply missed the target.
Both teams rang further changes to try and change the complexion of the game, but the result stood firm at the end as Cosmos snatched their first win of the season.
Sunday’s victory uplifted Cosmos up to 11th on the log, while Cape Umoya maintained their 10th position.
GladAfrica Championship, 06 October, 2019; Giyani Stadium
JOMO COSMOS (0) 1 (Fredericks 51’)
CAPE UMOYA UNITED 0
Referee: Abongile Tom
COSMOS: Buthelezi – Matona, Lebahi, Makhele, Hanamub – Jnr Sono (Kgope 78’), Mabula, K. Ndlovu (B. Gumede 69’), Fredericks (Mkhize 77’), Ledwaba – Ohizu
SUBS NOT USED: Khoza, Sicholo, Ongelethu Somtsewu, Phakamani Mngadi.
COACH: Jomo Sono
CAPE UMOYA: Jody February – Kganyana Letsoenyo, Roscoe Pietersen, Eric Chipeta, Masixole Nkewana – Brooklyn Poggenpoel (Tauriq Dien 68’), Ndiviwe Mdabuka, Muzomuhle Khanyi (Gavin Hammers 52’), Molemo Mekoa ©, Nyiko Tshabangu – Gregory Roelf (Mbatijua Kamatuka 55’).
SUBS NOT USED: Gershin Kock, Nathan Gertse, Renaldo Jonkers, Azeemud-Deen Brenner.
COACH: Dominic Isaacs
BOOKED: Khanyi, Mekoa, Matona, Thabangu