05/16/2012 6:07 AM
Black Leopards have come to the point where they must decide their fate in the Absa Premiere League. Like their Slogan says “Lidoda Duvha” meaning (the day will come).
Leopards will be taking on Jomo Cosmos who are fighting the same battle but are on a thinner iceberg as they must win this game if they are to have any hope of avoiding direct relegation. This is set to be a heated battle as the sun might set for one of them if they were to lose. The teams meet on Wednesday night at Sinaba Stadium, kick-off at 19h30.
Cosmos picked up a 1-1 draw at home to Maritzburg in their last league outing, extending their winless streak to seven matches. The Gauteng team has picked up just one win from their previous 14 home matches this season.Ezenkosi are placed 16th on the Absa Premiership log with 18 points from 28 matches.
Leopards played to a goalless draw away to Bidvest Wits in their last league outing, extending their winless streak to five matches. The Limpopo side has picked up three away wins from their previous 14 away matches this season. Lidoda Duvha are placed 14th on the Absa Premiership log with 25 points from 28 matches. They will secure a place in the top flight next season if they win.
In head-to-head stats, Cosmos and Leopards have met in 15 league matches since 2001/02. Each side has five wins, and there have also been five draws. Even the goals scored stats are close: 19 for Leopards, 18 for Cosmos.
Ezenkosi’s home record against Lidoda Duvha reads: P7 W2 D2 L3 GF10 GA11. When the teams met earlier this season in Limpopo they played to a 1-1 draw.
Cosmos’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Maritzburg: Phali; Kobola, Matete, Shitolo, Loke (Burds 83’), Haskins (B. Sono 77’), Samb, S. Nhlapo, Tshabalala, Mkwanazi, Nontshinga (Meiring 82’).
Leopards’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with Wits: Maphaha; Dzaga, Khoza, Mabusela, Xakane, Ramagalela, Banda, Duiker, Mapolisa (Taaibos 70’), Monama (Obaje 50’), Nkhatha.