Cosmos on the comeback trail

2011-03-12 19:44

“People can call us the ‘yo-yo’ team but there are those clubs that never come back from the First Division.”

This was the rather sarcastic reaction from Jomo Cosmos boss Jomo Sono, whose outfit is on the brink of yet another comeback in the Absa Premiership – the club’s second promotion in two years – having previously won the National First Division (NFD) in 2008/9.

“People who criticise are normally those who achieve nothing,” retorted Sono when asked about the “yo-yo” tag that is steadily becoming synonymous with his club.

Ezenkosi are nine points clear of second-placed Black Leopards in the Inland Stream, with four games to end the league run.

They need just four points from their remaining matches to secure a national promotional play-off berth against the champions of the Coastal Stream.

The winner will get automatic promotion to the Premiership, while the losing side will get a second chance in the promotion/relegation play-off that pits the Stream runners-up and the 15th placed PSL club.
 
So far, it has been a two-horse race in the Coastal Stream with just five points separating former Premiership campaigners Bay United and Thanda Royal Zulu, which are first and second respectively on the table.

In their last play-off two years ago, Cosmos earned automatic promotion after they edged out Carara Kicks over two legs.

However Sono said they still had a long way to go in the club’s remaining four games.

“ We will just keep on playing until we get there . Luck has been on our side this time and we hope it will stay like that right to the end , ” said Sono.
 
Cosmos have displayed an impressive form in their run-in.

They were undefeated in the opening three months of the campaign – September, October, November – and racked up a 100% record in February.

The 2005 Coca-Cola champions have won 10 of their 17 matches, having lost only twice.
 
Similarly, Bay United, under coach David Bright, have also amassed 10 wins in 17 games.

Their final day clash with Thanda will make for an exciting ending to the Costal Stream.

» Cosmos and United FC’s protest, that Leopards fielded a defaulter in their games against them, was dismissed by the PSL disciplinary committee this week.

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