With just one win and seven points to show in ten league games it is starting to feel somewhat like a deja vu situation for Jomo Cosmos. The team dubbed “the yo-yo club” for their constant relegation and promotion tendencies, went down 3-1 to Bidvest Wits on Sunday evening, and yet again it looks doomed for the relegation dog fight at the business end of this current campaign. The situation is so dire that just a few weeks ago club owner and coach Jomo Sono lashed out at his players, saying they must pull up their socks.
Again yesterday Sono blasted his defender Thato Lingwati for a silly red card. Even threatening to ‘speak to his parents’ about his behaviour. However, the Black Prince kept a poker face when answering the question on whether he’s starting to sweat over their poor run of form in the top flight, saying: ‘No. I’ve seen teams coming back. If you remember Qwa-Qwa (Free State Stars) had three points (at the start of the) second half. They came back and survived. So we’re not bothered to be honest. We’re not panicking.’
Ezenkosi’s only win so far this season came against Polokwane City last week, and most might have mistaken that for them finally turning the corner and jump-starting their season, but things have not worked out the way they would have hoped. The self-employed coach says: ‘It (the win) pushed the confidence a little bit higher. But football is football and you cannot guarantee that you’ll win every week. One week you win, one week you lose, one week you draw.’ With the international break coming up, and the long break scheduled after that to afford the under 23 squad maximum opportunity to qualify for the Rio Olympics next year, Jomo reckons this will be a good chance to whip his boys into shape, and says it will be good for them: ‘At the moment there is no momentum because we’ve just conceded six goals. It won’t harm us. Maybe it will do us a world of good. But we have to win against Chippa. We have to win before the break.’
Importantly for Cosmos, a win against Chippa United will at least get them to double figures before the end of the year and give them further advantage over the University Of Pretoria and Maritzburg United, who are also finding the going a bit tough this season. Sono says: ‘Our target is to get to 30 points and then we’re okay. We’ll be safe. We know we can get 30 points plus.’ It is going to take some doing for Cosmos to be out-right safe this season.
And at this point it looks more than likely that they might just be condemned to at least the play-off route.