Cosmos aim for maximum points

Newly-promoted Absa Premiership club, Jomo Cosmos, have a plan up their sleeves to upset the big spending Mamelodi Sundowns when the two teams meet in their second games of the 2011/12 Absa Premiership match at Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton on Wednesday night at, kick-off at 20h00.

Cosmos’ veteran keeper and captain of the team Avril Phali said that despite their 2-1 loss against Chiefs in their season opener, they are reasonably happy with the good performance they displayed in their first game.

“Yes, we dropped silly points, but we are not complaining as we have youngsters in the team who are still learning and still coming to terms with the challenges of playing in front of huge crowds in the PSL,” confirmed the Cosmos goalkeeper.

Phali also said that the lessons had been learned from the 2-1 loss when Cosmos’ pride took a big knock.

“The players are out to rectify those mistakes. As it is a norm in football after we lost our first game against Chiefs, we will take the field as underdogs but with a new mindset.

We also need to be aggressive in front of goal and make use of the opportunities we create so that we can win match comfortably.”

He conceded, however, that it will be a massive test once more against Sundowns and hopefully they can pass it with flying colours.

“Yes, Sundowns beat us 4-2 in the Mopani Municipality Mayor’s Charity pre-season cup tournament but this will be a different ball game.

It is still too early to press the panic buttons and we just have to keep on working hard and take it one game at a time.”

Speaking in a post match interview after their game against Chiefs, Cosmos owner and coach, Jomo Sono praised his charges for their performance but cited lack of concentration and inexperience for their downfall.

With Mamelodi Sundowns drawing their first match of the season with AmaZulu at Lucas Moripe Stadium last Sunday, the Brazilians will also surely go into this encounter with their spirits low.

Sundowns’ striker, Katlego Mphela said, “Everybody in the team including the supporters are disappointed for not winning our first game at home but we are hoping to redeem ourselves against Cosmos on Wednesday.

“Obviously there will be displeasure from the supporters especially with Chiefs and Pirates having won their opening games, but we intend to make amends against Cosmos.

We did everything in our power to win against AmaZulu, but it was not to be.

“The most important and positive things was that we created chances but could not just put the ball into the back of the net.

It was our first game and I think it is still early to be judged on those results. It is back to the drawing board for us and I’m optimistic that we will do well against Cosmos.”

However, Mphela admitted that it won’t be easy sailing against Jomo Sono’s young team.

“Cosmos gave a good account of themselves against Chiefs and proved that they are not in the PSL just to add numbers and we are expecting a tough game.”