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Nsabiyumva: Play-Offs not an option for Jomo Cosmos ahead of Maritzburg United showdown

Posted: 16 May 2016 Time: 14:24

Jomo Cosmos defender Frederic Nsabiyumva has revealed that ‘winning mentality’ is all that will be preached at training this week ahead of their relegation mud fight with Maritzburg United on Saturday.

Cosmos need a win to avoid having to look over their shoulders and Nsabiyumva says that is what they are planning for as they seek to avoid the strain of the Play-Offs for the second year running.

Ezenkosi have 25 points, one ahead of Maritzburg – who will be the visitors at Olen Park – and three more than basement club University of Pretoria, who welcome Arrows on the same day. Tuks need a victory to guarantee they avoid automatic relegation.

“We have to win this game to avoid any headaches related to thinking about the possibility of going back to the NFD,” Nsabiyumva tells

“If we win then we will know that it is the other two teams that have to deal with automatic relegation and the issue of going to the Play-Offs. For us we know that they (Maritzburg) come hard at us and we need to be careful about as they have no other option but to win. We were in the NFD last season and trust me, we don’t want to be going there because we all know about difficult a league that is. If you have been there, you never want to go back. Even the Play-Offs are a big no for us because that means an extended season. The Play-Offs are a pain because you keep on training well into June.

“It is because of all these reasons that winning mentality is all that we are talking about this week. All that is in our minds is playing this game for all the points available. We are not even considering a draw because all that matters for us is a win. Nothing else but a win. Winning mind-set. Though a draw guarantees that we don’t get relegated automatic we don’t even want it because we have been in the play-offs before and we don’t want that. We want to avoid the trouble of all that and just make sure that we are safely in the PSL next season,” says Nsabiyumva.

The Burundian will however miss this game – which will only be the third league match he doesn’t play this season – due to suspension after picking up his fourth yellow card in the loss to Golden Arrows last week.

Article by: Lovemore Moyo
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