JOMO Sono, the Jomo Cosmos boss, insists his club is not yet ‘dead’ in the Absa Premiership survival battle.
This is after getting a point in a goalless draw against AmaZulu in KwaMashu on Wednesday.
The league’s bottom club took their season tally to 17 after a match in which they offered few clear cut chances and were only spared by some poor finishing by the hosts.
‘Ezenkosi’ had their best chances early and late in the game when a Kathleho Loke corner forced Tapuwa Kapini to punch away, while Siyabonga Nontshinga fired narrowly over after a quick counter-attack.
“We’re happy with the point because it was a hard game,” Sono said. “Both teams didn’t have confidence, so we took advantage of that in some ways.”
AmaZulu were coming off a Cup semi-final loss to SuperSport United over the weekend, while Cosmos, who have a game in hand, had lost their previous six matches.
They now need to win their last three games, two of which are against the two teams immediately above them – Santos (24) and Black Leopards (25).
“We’re still in intensive care, but should not be buried before we are dead, so don’t buy a coffin just yet,” Sono explained. “Wait for us to play Leopards and Santos, then bury me.
“It will be the first time in six games that I’ll have a full team, so I can assure you that both those sides will get a run for their money.”
Cosmos also need the results of their relegation rivals to work in their favour and Sono added: “We’re used to these fighting situations, play-offs, relegation…but first we have to make sure we pick up the three points from that game in hand against Maritzburg (United).
“If we can do that, it will take us to 20 and the other two games will be cup finals for Cosmos.”
AmaZulu coach Roger Palmgren admitted that his side’s wastefulness in front of goal was starting to worry him after they again failed to make the most of their opportunities.
Ayanda Dlamini and Dumisani Zwane were two of the guilty culprits missing at least four good chances between them, with Usuthu staying in eighth place on the log.
“We were very good going forward too and created a hell of a lot of chances, although it is getting frustrating to create so many chances and not score,” the Swedish mentor said.
“That was a little bit negative. We’re rushing too much in the final third and need to be more composed.”
In another league match played last night, Kaizer Chiefs registered their second victory under the new technical team of Doctor Khumalo and Ace Khuse when they beat Ajax Cape Town 2-0 at the Petere Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.-www.psl.co.za