Ezenkosi will put pressure on Gorowa

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After consecutive defeats at the hands of Ajax Cape Town and Supersport United in their previous two matches, Moroka Swallows coach Ian Gorowa finds himself under pressure from supporters.

The Birds’ inconsistent start to the season sees them placed mid-table, ten points off the pace of leaders Ajax Cape Town, a team that thrashed them 4-1 in Cape Town just over two weeks ago.

Supersport United then compounded Gorowa’s misery with a 2-1 win in Germiston last week, a match that was almost called off after a huge storm swept through.

But the Swallows coach has far less worries than his counterpart, Jomo Sono, whose team have not won for two months in the Absa Premier League, with their last three point haul coming way back in early September against Supersport.

Sono is not used to being near the foot of the table and will hope for a repeat of last season’s result from this corresponding fixture: a 2-1 win for Cosmos that saw Dikgang Mabalane net a fine brace for Ezenkosi.

And Cosmos do have the edge, statistically at least, over the Birds, having won 16 league games to their 12 heading back to 1985.

They also took four points off Swallows last season, defeating them away from home before playing to a 1-1 draw later in the campaign.

1996/97Swallows 0 Cosmos 0Cosmos 2 (Nagoli, Sebapole) Swallows 1 (Biyela)

1997/98Swallows 0 Cosmos 0Cosmos 2 (Tico-Tico 2) Swallows 1 (Motale (pen))

1998/99Swallows 2 (Chama, Kitenge) Cosmos 2 (Rabutla, Tico-Tico)Cosmos 0 Swallows 1 (Lerefolo)

1999/2000Cosmos 1 (Matijane) Swallows 2 (Ningiza, Nombe)Swallows 2 (Mazibuko, Nkosi) Cosmos 2 (Morula, Sebapole)

2000/01Swallows 0 Cosmos 2 (Nhleko 2)Cosmos 5 (Mwaruwari, Nhleko, Nuro 2, Tico-Tico) Swallows 1 (Nombe)

2001/02Swallow 0 Cosmos 2 (Kanyenda, Molefe)Cosmos 0 Swallows 2 (Lekgetho, Comboio)

2002/03Swallows 1 (Isaks) Cosmos 2 (Sephadi, Tico-Tico)Cosmos 1 (Tshimanga) Swallows 3 (Isaks, Sebona 2)

2003/04Cosmos 1 (Tico-Tico) Swallows 0Swallows 1 (Motaung) Cosmos 1 (Haskins)

2004/05Swallows 2 (Oerson 2) Cosmos 1 (C.Katongo)Cosmos 1 (C.Katongo) Swallows 1 (Rabutla (og))

2005/06Cosmos 0 Swallows 2 (Niang 2)Swallows 2 (Niang, Phiri) Cosmos 1 (Laffor)

2006/07Swallows 1 (Niang) Cosmos 2 (Mabalane 2)Cosmos 1 (Laffor) Swallows 1 (Chalwe)

League since 1985

             P W D   L GF GA

Moroka Swallows 43 12 15 16 50 57Jomo Cosmos 43 16 15 12 57 50