Relegation axe could fall tomorrow


Anyone attending Ezenkosi’s training sessions yesterday, would be forgiven for forgetting that Jomo Sono’s team is facing the real possibility of relegation at the end of the season.

So vibrant and positive were the technical staff and the players that one soon forgot there are now only two games to go and Ezenkosi are lying in 16th position.

This was after Lidoda Duvha managed to haul themselves into 15th spot via a goalless draw against Lamontville Golden Arrows at the weekend.

Leopards are now a point to the good on 23 while Cosmos is on 22 after 28 games.

The two teams square up to each other in a six-pointer in the Absa Premiership penultimate game on Wednesday at the Orkney Stadium. Kick off is at 15h00.

“I said last week, before the Mamelodi Sundowns game that it’s three to go. It is now two to go, but we are not going to throw in the towel as we are professionals,” says Cosmos team manager Andrew Rabutla on the club’s website.

“We didn’t deserve to lose to Sundowns. Their goal was a freak goal, coming against the run of play as we had pinned them against the wall. It’s just our failure to convert our chances in the final third.

“The mood within the team is okay and the players know what’s expected of them. You must remember that it’s their livelihood at stake here and they have vowed to fight tooth and nail for survival. We don’t think we should be written off just yet,” Rabutla adds.

Players from both teams know it won’t be easy with the threat of relegation after 90 minutes; so no-one is just going to curl-up and die in Orkney.