Struggling Cape Town side Hellenic will travel to Gauteng to face the newly-crowned SAA Supa 8 champions Jomo Cosmos in a Castle Premiership clash at the Makhulong Stadium on Wednesday.
Cosmos won the inaugural SAA Supa 8 Cup competition in a thrilling final against Moroka Swallows on Sunday. The game went into extra time after the full time score was 2-2. Ezenkosi won the game courtesy of a Lovers Mohlala penalty after sneaking into the competition on the last day of last season.
Floundering Greek Gods
Hellenic have not registered a win or a point this season. They lost their opening game of the campaign 3-1 to Ajax Cape Town, and have gone on to concede nine goals in four games. Despite the acquisition of highly respected coach Clemens Westerhof, the oldest team in the Cape has not functioned as a unit.
Westerhof openly criticized his goalkeeper Gareth Ormshaw for "giving away presents" when they lost 3-0 to Supersport United at the Athlone Stadium.
Hellenic have been scheduled to host Cosmos for their first round game in the Coca Cola Cup. The Ezenkosi are the holders of Africa's most prized Cup competition. The Castle Premiership clash tomorrow could serve as a 'warm up' for the Coca Cola Cup champions.
Last season Hellenic got their first Castle Premiership win against Cosmos in their first round game at the Greenpoint Stadium, a 2-0 victory that inspired the side to go on a decent run.
Meanwhile, Elia Hadjidakis, CEO of Hellenic, has confirmed to SASoccer365.com that they have received an offer from an interested party for the purchase of the team.
"We have received an offer and we have not accepted - yet. We will consider his option at a later stage." Elia said.
Offers have come in for the Greek Gods before, but have always been rejected outright.
"The coaching staff know about this offer, and we have given the team time to improve on the results. After four games we will consider the best offer."
Probable line ups:
Cosmos: Phali, Rabutla, Mhlongo, Mohlala, Mokoena, Ntsume, Mabalane, Mhlati, Bucuane, Magalefa, Mwafulirwa
Hellenic: Ormshaw, Magolego, Greyling, Montsi, Johnson, Khuzwayo, Hlalele, Hendricks, Masilela, Mguni, Mpkanyane
Players To Watch:
Cosmos: Russel Mwafulirwa was a constant threat to a stable Moroka Swallows defence on Sunday. Combining well with Tico-Tico to form a deadly duo, they should penetrate a Hellenic defence which has concede more goals than any other team in the Castle Premiership.
Hellenic: The demise of Hellenic in recent weeks has left little to admire in team play or for any of their individuals. Clemens Westerhof should be well aware of the Cosmos danger men and his tactical knowledge and experience as a coach should show in the Castle Premiership soon.
September 20 2002 Hellenic 2 - 0 Cosmos Greenpoint Stadium
February 2 2003 Cosmos 2 - 1 Hellenic Olympia Stadium
Referee: Walter Mochubela
Assitants: Yugesh Anjith and Mantuse Nayo
Fourth Official: Mathew Dyer