Jomo Cosmos captain Frederic Nsabiyumva is adamant Kaizer Chiefs will not score tonight
Posted: 20 October 2015 Time: 10:02
Jomo Cosmos captain Frederic Nsabiyumva has raised a fist of defiance in declaring the team will not concede any goals tonight when they host Kaizer Chiefs at their adopted home Olen Park.
The clash in Potchefstroom pits the league’s best attack in Chiefs (11 goals) against a Cosmos team that has been struggling to score goals with just a single strike in six games to date.
The fact that Ezenkosi haven’t defended badly so far this season appears to be giving their Burundian centre-back belief that they can keep yet another clean sheet – having managed to do so in half of the games that they have played so far.
“We are aware that we are coming up against a team that has been scoring goals but for us at the back our job is to defend and make sure that the opponent doesn’t score. So we will make sure that we don’t concede. I can promise we will not concede and once we do that then we will push for a goal ourselves,” Nsabiyumva tells KickOff.com.
It is no secret Cosmos’ chase for their first set of maximum points will get even more difficult against the defending champions.
After over three weeks of no league action, Cosmos will be aware that they need to start finding ways of winning games to avoid being pulled into the relegation mud bath so early.
The biggest concern for Ezenkosi is that while they have not been winning games, they have also not been scoring goals with just a single strike in the six games played to date.
That single goal was scored by left-back Cheslyn Jampies in the 1-2 defeat to Platinum Stars.
Also worrying is that Cosmos have picked up just a point from a possible nine in the three league games played at their ‘home’. And if trying to milk any points out of Chiefs will be hard then it will not get any easier on their next game when they face Bidvest Wits away.
“I have noticed that everyone is pumped up for this game against Chiefs because we all know that they are a big team and that will be shown by the numbers that they will have in the stands. For us this one game that will prove to be a huge morale booster if we win it which is why we are going in with such a positive mind. If our first win of the season comes against Chiefs then it will do us a huge boost in the games that we will play after that. We will be fighting for the points because we need our first win of the season,” says Nsabiyumva, adding that he is also aware of the set-piece threat posed by Amakhosi.
“Our coach [Jomo Sono] has already told us about that they are dangerous on set-pieces and that is something that we have been working on. So for us we have to be careful with giving away free-kicks in our own half,” he says.
Kick-off is at 19h30.