Jomo Cosmos, Mthatha Bucks set to rumble

Frederick Nsabiyumva of Jomo Cosmos during the Absa Premiership match between Jomo Cosmos and Mamelodi Sundowns on 27 September 2015 at Olen Park Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix


All roads lead to Potchefstroom for Sunday afternoon’s top-billing NFD clash between Jomo Cosmos and visiting log leaders Mthatha Bucks. Kick-off time at the Fanie du Toit Sports Stadium is 15h00.

Cosmos are searching for their first win of the season, while Bucks, who started with back to back victories in the four weeks old campaign, will be aiming to consolidate on their lofty position.

The visitors currently sit atop the 16-team NFD table with seven points in three matches, having won two and drawn one so far, with six goals scored and three conceded. The Mthatha-based side kicked off their campaign by beating Stellenbosch 3-1 at home, and won 1-0 at Witbank Spurs before being held 2-2 at home by AmaZulu last week.

Players to watch out for in this team include Lwazi Mncube and Andile Njokweni, who have grabbed a brace each in the last three matches.

But the Eastern Cape outfit have their work cut out against a Cosmos side that has created so many scoring chances in previous games but have been unlucky to put them away.

Beating Mthatha Bucks should kick start a winning streak for Jomo Sono’s men as they seek a quick return to the Absa Premiership where many believe they really belong.

As usual, Ezenkosi supporters will be counting on influential players like Frederic Nsabiyumva, Thato Lingwati, Sipho Mngomezulu, Nkanyiso Madonsela, Linda Mntambo, Denzil Haoseb, Tebogo Makobela, Brice Aka, Wiseman Maluleke, Mxolisi Macuphu, Thato Sithole, Matsilele Sono Junior, Lefa Hlongwane and rising starlet Tebogo “Messi” Tlolane to make the difference in a potentially explosive encounter.

Meanwhile, Ezenkosi won their third successive friendly game on Friday afternoon, thumping amateur side, African Football Selection FC 5-0 in Glenesk.

Lefa Hlongwane fired Ezenkosi into an early lead, and further goals by Nkanyiso Madonsela, Hendrik Somaeb, Xola Mosiea, and Kevin Ndayisenga completed a comprehensive win for the home team.

This latest victory sets a positive tone for Jomo Sono’s men ahead of Sunday’s crucial NFD clash at home to log leaders Mthatha Bucks at the Fanie du Toit Sports Stadium, Potchefstroom.

-Mark Ogagan

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