Cosmos Rejects Crisis Concerns Amid Crackup – CAJ News Africa

by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – A CAMPAIGN that began at a high point and raised hopes for a return to top flight, at Jomo Cosmos spectacularly degenerated into a crisis.

Cosmos is the worst team in the GladAfrica Championship and not only without a win in six games. They’re still the only team in the entire South African professional setup that doesn’t win at home.

That’s more than half of the current campaign.

Their last horror show was last weekend when they lost 3-1 at home to TS Sporting.

It is the second game in a row that Cosmos has scored three goals after losing to former Premiership teammates Polokwane City by the same number of goals.

Jomo Sono’s best team to make it through six disastrous games (five leagues, one cup) is a boring, goalless home game against JDR Stars.

Ezenkosi got off the rails on January 26th. This is the last time they won the Cape Town All Stars (2-1).

The men of Sono, once the joint leaders of the national premier league, are closer to the relegation battle than a title challenge.

You have slipped to eleventh place in the table with 16 teams.

With 28 points they are eight points ahead of the top of the table, a position that Richards Bay occupies.

Cosmos is seven points ahead of the bottom Bizana Pondo Chiefs who, despite their poor debut campaign, were still good enough to beat Cosmos when the teams met in mid-February.

If the teams were placed at home in the premier league, Ezenkosi would be at rock bottom after scoring five points out of a possible 27. You drew five and lost four.

While the results represent a crisis in the field, the technical team has downplayed such conversations.

“Well, it’s football. We’re going to bounce back, ”Sonos assistant Brian Sebapole said in an interview with CAJ News Africa.

He said injuries had also contributed to the poor form in recent games and suspensions.

“We lost five key players – three in the first half – including the captain due to injuries during the Pondo Chiefs game. You’ve been out since then. Only three came back on Sunday (against TS Sporting), ”explained Sebapole.

Skipper Seun Ledwaba, Lehlohonolo Mtshali and Ricardo Versuur were injured in the first half against Chiefs at Tsakane Stadium.

To get back on its feet, Cosmos has to deal with an overloaded schedule for the rest of March.

This includes three games a week.

They will play against Royal AM (away) and Polokwane City (home) and Uthongathi (away) on midfield between the 13th and 20th.

Cosmos lost to all three teams in the first round.

Sebapole said despite the ongoing fighting, the team remain confident of changing their fortunes.

“The mood is good. We continue to focus on every game that comes. As you can see, the (title) race is tough, ”he concluded.

The current form is reminiscent of last season when the team flirted with relegation for most of the season and eventually finished 13th.

– CAJ news

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