Ezenkosi out to bring Stars down

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Jomo Cosmos hope to return to winning ways at the expense of log leaders Silver Stars at Katlehong Stadium on Sunday.

Jomo Sono's babes suffered a midweek setback against the unfancied Maritzburg United, who pipped them 3-2 in an away match.

"We have no choice but to do well, though I must say it will be a tough game," said Andrew "Jaws of Life" Rabutla, Ezenkosi's manager.

"Stars have been on song this season, they have been consistently perched at the top of the log and are early favourites to win the league.

"We have recovered from the defeat by United. Our plan is to remain in the top three bracket on the log.

"We played well against United, but were just unlucky."

Owen Da Gama, coach of the impoverished Tycoons from the Platinum province, said they were bracing themselves for a tough game.

Da Gama hopes that Stars' success in both the league and Telkom Knockout Cup will enhance their chances of securing a financial sponsorship.

Besides the wayward Sipho Mchabe, who has gone AWOL for the umpteenth time, Da Gama has all the other players at his disposal.

With first-choice goalie Walter Khumalo seemingly struggling with form, Cosmos' technical staff should consider Thando Mkhonza for the last line of defence.

Ezenkosi have been conceding stupid goals this season since the departure of Avril Phali to neighbours Orlando Pirates.

Meanwhile, struggling AmaZulu look set to suffer yet another defeat when they welcome Bloemfontein Celtic at Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday.

Usuthu, captained by John Moshoeu, are still reeling from a 2-1 defeat by Pirates in a midweek game, while Celtic are on cloud nine after beating Kaizer Chiefs 2-0 at home.

Celtic's Moses Spandeel is hoping to continue his magic scoring form.