Celtic must break Cosmos' defence


Kick off is at 15h00.

Phunya Sele Sele took a huge stride toward safety with a 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Thanda Royal Zulu at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Goals from Lebohang Kukame, Moses Spandeel and Kleinbooi Taaibos handed the Bloemfontein side a victory (their first in eight league games) that pushed them six points clear of the bottom three.

And should they defeat Cosmos, with just three matches to play, they would secure their top flight status for the 2008/09 season.

This would be an immense relief for a club that has lurched from one disappointment to another in the second half of this campaign, though they must look to regroup and rethink their tactics both on and off the field for the next season.

Cosmos, however, are now one of the toughest teams to beat in the league despite their lowly position. The defensively sound Ezenkosi have lost just one of their last 10 league games; the other nine have ended in draws, with Jomo Sono’s team scoring just two goals in the process.

They were unlucky not to beat Golden Arrows on Sunday, even though they were reduced to 10 men, as goalkeeper Brenden Wardle made several excellent saves to keep Cosmos at bay.

When the teams met earlier in the season, Celtic won 2-0 thanks to a brace from Mark Amofah. However, Cosmos have a superior head-to-head record thanks to winning 18 matches to Phunya Sele Sele’s 11 in their 38 league meetings since 1985.

Celtic:Date H/A Opponent Result27/04/08 A Thanda Royal Zulu W 3-013/04/08 H Black Leopards D 2-205/04/08 A Golden Arrows L 0-323/03/08 H Santos L 0-112/03/08 H Platinum Stars L 0-2

Cosmos:27/04/08 H Golden Arrows D 0-011/04/08 A Santos D 1-105/04/08 A Orlando Pirates D 0-023/03/08 H Moroka Swallows D 0-009/03/08 A AmaZulu D 0-0

HEAD TO HEAD STATS:League meetings since 1996/97:

1996/97:Celtic 0 Cosmos 2 (Nuro, Dube)Cosmos 1 (Tico-Tico) Celtic 0

1997/98:Cosmos 3 (Nkhwazi 2, Rwenda) Celtic 1 (Morena)Celtic 0 Cosmos 0

1998/99:Cosmos 1 (Tico-Tico) Celtic 2 (Nikane, Kukame)Celtic 0 Cosmos 1 (Matjiane)

1999/2000:Cosmos 3 (Mwaruwari, Sibaya, Tico-Tico) Celtic 0Celtic1 (Kukame) Cosmos 1 (Mwariwaru)

2000/01:Cosmos 1 (Mendu) Celtic 0Celtic 0 Cosmos 1 (Sebapole)

2004/05:Cosmos 1 (Magalefa) Celtic 2 (Nkosi, Tipa)Celtic 0 Cosmos 1 (Cunha)

2005/06:Cosmos 2 (Laffor, C.Katongo) Celtic 1 (Spandeel)Celtic 1 (Nkosi) Cosmos 0

2006/07:Cosmos 1 (C.Katongo) Celtic 0Celtic 2 (Mothibantwa, Mahlatsi) Cosmos 0

2007/08:Cosmos 0 Celtic 2 (Amofah 2)