Phiri ready for Jomo's hard men

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The first duel for Ea Lla Koto is in the League fixture on Saturday, while a week later they are up against the same adversaries in the lucrative Telkom Knockout Cup. Both games will be played at Stars beloved home, Goble Park in Bethlehem. After that they travel to Olympia Stadium to face Kaizer Chiefs.

But Ea lla Koto’s Malawian coach Kinnah Phiri is not worried about meet the same opponents twice in seven days.

“We are not planning ahead and are only looking at the League match which is our first match. We have made an effort to study what kind of team Cosmos have and obviously they are led by a great man, Jomo Sono, and have more experience than us. They are also a far tougher outfit than we are.

“They play with much vigour but we are not worried about that at all. It is not only the physical approach that wins games, but technique and tactics, so we will handle them our own way.

“What we are putting more effort on is our own way of overcoming them rather than what they will do to us. We are a young team and have not taken a break despite the two-week break. Hopefully, the benefits will be there,” Phiri adds.

“As far as the cup game is concerned, we will talk about it after the first match. Obviously, we will approach it in a different manner, but for now we are ready for Cosmos with an injury-free squad.”