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UNLEASHED: Black Leopards' playmaker Fischer Kondowe. Pic. Tertius Richard. 25/08/2007. © Gallo Images
UNLEASHED: Black Leopards' playmaker Fischer Kondowe. Pic. Tertius Richard. 25/08/2007. © Gallo Images

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Tears of joy and sorrow will flow at James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney today when Jomo Cosmos and Black Leopards meet in a battle to stave off relegation.

The two clubs find themselves in the worst of situations knowing very well that they will miss out on a total of R12 million in monthly grants.

This six-pointer Absa Premiership match will give us a clear picture of who will automatically be chopped to the First Division.

It goes without saying that the club that will lose this 3pm clash will need a miracle to remain in the league of "milk and honey".

Leopards go into this match as hot favourites after getting eight points in their last four games, three at home and one away.

At home, the pride of Limpopo beat Bidvest Wits 1-0, pipped fellow relegation candidates Thanda Royal Zulu 3-2 and drew 0-0 with Golden Arrows.

On the road, where they have proved to be poor travellers, Lidoda Duvha played to a 2-2 draw with rejuvenated Bloemfontein Celtic.

In Limpopo, government and business have rallied behind David Thidiela's club as they are aware that the relegation of the club will affect the booming economy.

Many hawkers who sell items such as "cellulars", pap en vleis and cool drinks will now have to look for other opportunities if Leopards go down.

Cosmos are still chasing a first win since relocating to the North West town of Orkney in February.

Just to highlight the serious challenge of the goal drought that they are going through this season, Ezenkosi are still to grab a goal, or even an own goal, in Orkney.

Cosmos boss and coach Jomo Sono will have to ensure his players do not forget their scoring boots at home, as has been the case all along. Sono will hope for a repeat of the great display that saw them beat Moroka Swallows 2-0 in a friendly on Monday through goals by Geoffrey Massa and Morgan Gould.

Players of both clubs should also be aware that not everybody will get employment if they do not pull up their socks in the remaining two games.

After breaking the hearts of their supporters and sympathisers, it is now the opportune moment to die with their boots on this time round.

Bamuza Sono, Massa, Bongi Macala and company will have to go for goals to avoid a similar situation which saw Cosmos relegated in 2003.

Shepherd Murape, Leopards' coach, will unleash Fischer Kondowe, Myron Shongwe and Jabu Maluleke who are capable of adding to Cosmos' woes.