Cosmos aim to sink Pirates

Jomo Cosmos aim to sink Orlando Pirates

Posted: 25 March 2010 Time: 12:07 pm

Jomo Cosmos will look to sink Orlando Pirates' Telkom Knockout Cup ambitions when the two sides meet for their quarterfinal match at the Rand Stadium in Southern Johannesburg on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 18h00.

Cosmos have already provided something of an upset in the competition, defeating Bidvest Wits 2-0 away from home this past weekend.

It's not so much that Ezenkosi managed to defeat the Clever Boys, it's the fact that they have managed to shrug off the disappointment of relegation from the Absa Premiership so quickly.

Against Wits, Cosmos certainly didn't look like a side who had just suffered the agony of a second demotion from the top tier in the space of two years.

In fact, they looked controlled, confident and possessed a self belief that was desperately lacking in their League campaign.

Gerald Modabi and Ashley Smith scored the goals for Ezenkosi but the real heroes of their first round victory were defenders Thapelo Tshilo and Ousmane Berthe.

The centre-back pairing hardly put a foot wrong and they will hope for a similarly sturdy showing this weekend.

Pirates, shorn of several key players who are away on national duty in Brazil, looked well short of their effervescent best in their first round win over Bloemfontein Celtic but, as coach Ruud Krol acknowledged after the game, all that counts in knockout football is the result.

The exciting young talent Ndumiso Mabena scored the Buccaneers' lone goal and he will be taking aim at Cosmos this weekend, hoping to net his third in as many games for the Soweto giants.

It has been almost five years since Pirates and Cosmos met in a Cup competition but the rich heritage of knockout football between the two closely related clubs makes for intriguing reading.

Their last cup meeting was in this very competition, albeit under its former guise as the Coca-Cola Cup, in the 2005/06 season. Ezenkosi scored a narrow 1-0 win on their way to winning the competition, which was their last major cup trophy.

In all, the two clubs have met 61 times in both league and cup competitions, with the Buccaneers winning 25 games to Ezenkosi's 20 and outscoring their rivals 73 goals to 71.

Their nine Cup meetings have seen Pirates claim nine wins to Cosmos' five, though Jomo Sono's team have won the last two Cup showdowns between the teams.

Article by: AN Other

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 12:19 pm
wat? may be its de other way around. pirates plan to sink cosmos once n forever.

ONCE N ALWAYS
Anonymous
posted: 12:40 pm
I hope Pirates dont disappoint there never-say-die fans

Up the Bucs

khosi
Anonymous
posted: 12:41 pm
I CAN'T RULE THAT OUT EDITOR!
Anonymous
posted: 12:45 pm
Ok, I know pirates are disapointing the fans this days but truly speaking, its ambitious for cosmos to think they will beat pirates.

PEARL, how are you doing KHOSI LAMI??
Anonymous
posted: 12:51 pm
if the orlando pirates coach cn gv Josephy Makhanya a chance 2 ply on the weekend Makh
Mopheme.
posted: 01:02 pm
I think Pirates is just giving Cosmos a false sense of insecurity here. It is a psychological game. I know Pirates is disappointing when much is expected from them but I can't bet on Cosmos winning this one.!!!
Anonymous
posted: 01:20 pm
Well anything is possible with Orlando Pirates. They know how best to disappoint their supporters.
Anonymous
posted: 01:44 pm

like they have sinked themselves all the way to Mvela(nfd),

Cosmos is to stressed to beat any big team at the moment,

Telkom Knock Out final

Orlando Pirates vs Mamelodi Sundowns
Phakz
posted: 02:02 pm
I want to believe that Bucs will come out tops on this one whether they are missing some players or not. There's depth in that squad... only the coach is a problem.

Its only a matter of time before the sleeping giant woke up, and i fear another giant will be going to sleep.
Anonymous
posted: 02:47 pm
I feel so that even Die hard Khosi Supporters(Pearl: 2010-03-25 12:40, SIBUSISO: 2010-03-25 12:45 )expect Bucs to win but guess what my Tem will do they will go there dragging their feet bese UJomo Abashaye.I still Love the team But as long as that coach wezindende is still coaching Pirates I will not hope or wish anything for Pirates just observe.
Anonymous
posted: 02:47 pm
I feel so bad that even Die hard Khosi Supporters(Pearl: 2010-03-25 12:40, SIBUSISO: 2010-03-25 12:45 )expect Bucs to win but guess what my Tem will do they will go there dragging their feet bese UJomo Abashaye.I still Love the team But as long as that coach wezindende is still coaching Pirates I will not hope or wish anything for Pirates just observe.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 02:49 pm
I doubt the Bucs will reach the final of this competition. Maybe a lose against Mvela Cosmos will help management to make that long overdue decision to show Krol the door. This guy is clueless.
Anonymous
posted: 07:39 pm
wen it is about to die it kicks up.bucs qaphelani!!!!!!!!
Kideo007
posted: 09:03 pm
Keep on dreaming Jomo, this time you wont escape @ all!!
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