Haskins reunites with Cosmos

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Bidvest Wits midfielder Mark Haskins has reunited with his old team, Jomo Cosmos in a move to get regular game time.

The player confirmed to PSL.co.za that he has teamed up with Ezenkosi. He wants to aid the struggling Cosmos side to escape relegation. Cosmos are rock bottom at the halfway stage of the Absa Premiership and need at least 25 points to escape the drop.

Haskins started his professional career with Jomo Sono’s side and tasted cup success when Cosmos won the Coca-Cola Cup and SAA Supa 8 in 2002 and 2003 respectively.

“I always had a soft spot for Cosmos as this is where it started for me. I know the coach and the club’s history, but there’s allot of new faces so that will take some getting used to, other than that not much has changed.”

“We have a big task ahead of us and I can honestly say this team does not deserve to be at the bottom. There is quality here and also lots of youngsters but we can make it,” he said of the club that has only nine points from 15 games.

‘It’s going to take massive effort from us so let’s not even fool ourselves. We have to work our socks off and we are. I just joined this week but I can sense the urgency, it’s a massive challenge and I am up for it.”

Wits, where Haskins spent three seasons, has many quality midfielders and the Eldorado Park native believes their coach Roger De Sa is blooding youngsters for the future, hence his departure from Milpark.

“I’m not exactly young anymore,” the 30-year old chuckled. “And Wits have so many good players coming from the junior teams and Roger wants them to gain experience. And you can see how well they are doing. They’ve got so many good midfielders and when Cosmos came calling I did not hesitate.”

“I want to play and I’m sure at Cosmos I will get my chance. It’s just a new mindset as I have never been involved with a relegation struggle.

Black Leopards is one point above Cosmos in 15th place, and Cape Town side Santos 14th with 12 points. Haskins says Cosmos has to get their focus right before worrying about other teams.

“Look, I think it will get to the stage where we hope that they (Leopards and Santos) drop points, but we’ve got to get ourselves right and get a few victories under our belt. Once we get going then the rest will take care of itself. So let’s see what happens.”

Cosmos kick off the second half of the season in Port Elizabeth at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium against Kaizer Chiefs on February 15.