It’s do or die for Jomo

2012-05-16 08:17

It’s make or break for Jomo Cosmos as they go into a game that will determine their PSL fate tonight.

Bottom of the log Cosmos take on Black Leopards at Sinaba Stadium looking for an outright victory to prolong their stay in the top flight league for a few days at least up until Saturday when they meet fellow strugglers Santos.

For Jomo Sono’s team to survive the automatic drop to the National First Division (NFD) they need to win their two remaining games and score at least eight goals to stand a chance of finishing 15th and thus participate in the play-offs.

Scoring those eight goals might sound easy in theory as they are up against the PSL’s most porous defence, with Leopards having conceded 55 goals.

But Cosmos have been shooting blanks, netting only 22 goals, the least by any side in the PSL.

The 15th placed team in the PSL will play against the two teams that finish second and third in the NFD in round-robin fixtures with the overall winner joining the Absa Premiership next season.

This is unlikely to happen for Cosmos judging by their performances this season. They have lost 14 and drawn 12 matches.

Even during the darkest hour, the Cosmos boss has been defiant saying his team would survive the drop but it would take more than his bravery talk to convince pundits.

Cosmos never got out of first gear throughout the season and have only won two games.

They have 18 points after 28 games and it would be a miracle if they are to avoid the chop.

Leopards are also not out of danger and need the three points to move to safety as they are separated by a single point from the play-off spot currently occupied by the People’s Team (Santos).

Leopards will go to tonight’s game high on confidence after progressing to the next stage of the CAF Confederations Cup over the weekend.

Caretaker coach Sunday Chidzambwa rested few key players notably captain Mongezi Bobe, so he could use them in this crucial relegation battle.

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