Wits duo Nazeer Allie, Bongani Khumalo braced for Jomo Cosmos war
Posted: 13 April 2016 Time: 13:35
Bidvest Wits defenders Nazeer Allie and Bongani Khumalo expect a battle in their high-stakes clash with Jomo Cosmos at Olen Park.
Both sides are desperate for the spoils, as Wits trail log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by four points with seven matches left, while Cosmos are fighting for their topflight survival.
Ezenkosi, who are expected to field new Kenyan striker Kevin Kimani tonight, are second-from-bottom on the table with 20 points - four points ahead of Maritzburg United.
Jomo Sono's men are just behind University of Pretoria on goal difference, but with a match in hand.
Thirteenth-placed Polokwane City have 23 points, and will host Sundowns this evening.
Allie said: “It is not ideal for us to not play for two weeks, but we have done some good work on the training field and the mood is positive in the camp for the game today. Preparations have been going well, but we have to see how it goes on field and hope that the hard work will pay off.
“Playing two games this week is great for us, especially because we have not played for long. As a team we do not look too far ahead and always focus on the game at hand.
“We hope to regain momentum when we take on Jomo Cosmos and receive a positive result at the end of the match. Playing against a team who is fighting relegation is never easy. The first game we played against them at home was not easy and now that they have an idea as to how the team works, it will be even more difficult. We are going to be on a battlefield tonight and it will most definitely be war. We always hope for the best and to come home with three points.”
Khumalo added: “They are playing for their lives, we are playing for our lives, and it should be a great competitive game of football. Jomo Cosmos are a threat obviously, and so we need to pay them their due respect and as a team make sure we do the right things to come out on top.”