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Black Leopards and Jomo Cosmos draw 1-1

Posted: 29 November 2011 Time: 21:49

Siyabonga Nontshinga scored in the 90th minute to hand Jomo Cosmos a 1-1 draw against Black Leopards on Tuesday night.

Nontshinga cancelled out Joseph Obaje's early goal in the bottom-of-the-table clash at Giyani Stadium.

The draw does not create any daylight between Cosmos in last position and Leopards in 15th, as both clubs remain in the relegation zone.

The opening goal came after just 16 minutes when Leopards' Nigerian striker Obaje buried his shot from close range following a cross from the left wing by Mahlatse Maake.

But Cosmos responded well, never giving up, and were rewarded in the dying seconds of regulation time when Nontshinga netted from close range following an assist by Bongani Theletsane.

The Obaje goal gave life to Leopards who started playing with a real buzz and the Nigerian forward was evidently lifted as he continued asking questions of Cosmos’ Ousmane Berthe and Themba Shabalala.

For the remainder of the half, Leopards’ goal scorer and assist maker Obaje and Maake, came under some heavy challenges from Cosmos.

Sono and Berthe put in some big tackles to try and nullify the men who had put the home side ahead, but it did not deter Leopards who kept fighting and held their lead until the half time break.

It took until the 43rd minute for the next genuine attempt on goal and Cosmos can thank goalkeeper Avril Phali for making a brilliant save to deny Samuel Mabunda from giving Leopards a 2-0 lead.

The second half started with a bang as both sides began running hard at each other; Leopards in search of a second goal and Cosmos in search of an equaliser.

Maake, a victim of some rough challenges in the opening half, was booked for a foul on Cosmos centre back Shabalala as he attempted to stand up for himself in a few strong tackles.

Then in the 58th minute Jomo Sono made two tactical changes, bringing on Alton Meiring and Bongani Theletsane to add some experience and some pace to the attack respectively.

But it was Lidoda Duvha who fashioned the next attempt on bar when Thabo Mongalo’s right footed shot from distance sailed over the crossbar.

Meiring drew a save from Posnett Omony on 68 minutes when his header from Sono’s corner kick was tipped around the post by the big Ugandan keeper.

In the 79th minute Omony is called into action again, this time denying Wambi and Moloto in quick succession and it seemed as if Leopards would take the full points.

But Omony could do nothing to deny Nontshinga his 90th minute equaliser.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:21 pm
mjomane gxosha u coach plz
posted: 10:22 pm
posted: 10:43 pm
Aslong as both teams r paying peanuts to their players,they will always be YOYO teams
posted: 08:46 am
I said it gister dat if mjomane dsnt change the approach 2 games, dey'll obtain da same results..draw / loose.. perhaps cosmos luck remained @ mvela, go back n find nxt season.
posted: 08:54 am
Orlando Cosmos have become just like their brothers Orlando Pi-lerete by drawing games in the last minute.
posted: 09:44 am
Jomo Cosmos will certainly be relegated, Mr Sono lied to the people of Tembisa about playing homes games in Makhulong, They supported him when he was in Mvela but he decided to turn his back when promoted to psl.
posted: 10:31 am
Gosh we avoided yet another defeat. Our line is forever changing and I think this disturbs combination patterns. Well, it's a point from home and hopefully we will win the game against Platinum stars. What Cosmos needs is a stable starting line up. The team that played yesterday is largely new.

I'm disappointed at the results, I hoped for a win against Leopards, a team we dominated in the NFD.

Please talk soccer, this is a soccer forum. At your bankrupcy of soccer comments, please stop dishing insults. Are you realy that hair brained?
Pitso Must Go Now
posted: 10:46 am
@ sputladilnho, lerete la gago, you must comment about famaly business plan fc.
posted: 11:01 am

Resistance to change is a bigger issue at Cosmos especially the leader of the club.

Jomo is so obsessed with Power and he cannot let ago anymore, His greed is another downfall.

My advise to Jomo, please embrace change and seek divine interventions.
thopsin netshivhangani
posted: 12:28 pm
@sputlaldinho. tell these people who are against your comments that soccer is all about teasing each other when things are not going well with the team we support my brother. but UP THE BUCS
posted: 12:51 pm
Until Jomo removes the bird on the shoulders of the jerseys, Cosmos will win nothing, this guy is crazy can't he realize that the team is being relegated, shame on him.
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