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By unknown | Feb 02, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sello Rabothata

Jomo Cosmos will have to tread cautiously when they come up against the rejuvenated Moroka Swallows in a Castle Premiership match at Ackerville Stadium in Witbank tomorrow.

Kickoff is at 3.45pm.

Ezenkosi, who have been forced to trek to the Mpumalanga venue due to renovations to their Katlehong home ground, come into this game on the back of two defeats in a row (3-0 to Ajax and 2-0 to Bloemfontein Celtic), while Swallows are on a roll.

Be that as it may, Cosmos' team manager Andrew "Jaws" Rabutla believes the two defeats were hiccups and the boys are ready to bounce back.

With Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Sam Magalefa buzzing in midfield, in the absence of the suspended Bamuza Sono, Cosmos are more than capable of plucking the Birds' feathers in mid-flight.

Calvin Kadi, Anthony Laffor and the evergreen Dikgang "Terminator" Mabalane have the skills and speed to mesmerise any defence in the league and Lovers Mohlala, Patrick Mabedi and new recruit Rudi Isaacs will have to be on their toes throughout the 90 minutes.

Cosmos welcome defender Thapelo "Super Glue" Tshilo back from suspension.

Swallows' official Sipho Xulu, who announced a clean bill of health for his team yesterday, except for Tebogo Monyai, said tomorrow's match was going to be a difficult one because Cosmos are unpredictable.

"You can't go on their past game's results as they are a completely different proposition in the next," he said.

"Having said that, we also have to point out that we are playing under a strenuous situation in that we are due to play three games in seven days. That is very demanding, but we are not complaining.

"We are going to fight hard for at least seven points from the three games. So far we are on course as we beat Benoni United [1-0] and drew with Orlando Pirates [2-2], and the three from Cosmos would complete the mission."

Xulu also feels it is payback time, after Ezenkosi beat them 2-1 in the first round.


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