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we'll be back

By unknown | May 16, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sello Rabothata

Sello Rabothata

Relegated Jomo Cosmos' players have pledged to go down to the First Division with the club and help in its battle to bounce back to the Premiership within a season, for their supporters and technical team.

Burundian international defender and club captain Valery Nahayo, and goalkeeper Avril Phali yesterday spoke about the heart-break of seeing the team go down for the second time in its 25-year history. The first time was in 1993.

They all dismissed stories of unnamed players who criticised coach Jomo Sono's methods as untrue and without basis.

"That's why they are faceless," the two said.

Nahayo added: "We stand together and believe it's just a matter of a season and the team will be back in the top flight. It's not the end of the world really. It has happened before, not only to us but other teams as well.

"The most recent example is that of Bidvest Wits. Look at Dynamos and Maritzburg United, they were both relegated and are back in contention through the playoffs. We know we can do it as we had not been playing badly, we were just unlucky in that we couldn't convert our chances."

Phali, who kept a clean sheet in 11 goalless draws of the team's 16 stalemates, also believes it was a question of Lady Luck deserting the team at a crucial stage. No other team has drawn more than half of its games.

"We will be back as we are family. Maybe the story about the coach comes from those players who can explain their performances being not up to the same levels as the rest of us as we battled the axe," Phali said

Team manager Andrew Rabutla said: "We are already working on our plans for the First Division campaign and have already attracted a Burundian defender and two Cameroonian strikers to reinforce the team.

"It is no train smash, we will be back. We have done it before and will do it again."

Sono will address the way forward with the rest of the team soon.


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