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First Point For Greek Gods 24/09/03
Hellenic earned their first point of the season with a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Jomo Cosmos at the Makhulong Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The Greek Gods will be relieved to have finally broken their duck after four straight defeats at the start of the season and they can take heart from having held the current Coca-Cola Cup and SAA Supa 8 Cup champions.

Cosmos were forced to field a depleted side after Sunday's cup final triumph against Moroka Swallows in Durban, with captain Tico-Tico Bucuane, defenders Andrew Rabutla and Clint Sephadi, and midfielder Lucky Mhlatheall out through injury.

Added to that, striker Russel Mwafulirwa and midfielder Peter Mgangira are away on national duty, and Teboho Mokoena and Sammy Magalefa are suspended due to red cards picked up earlier in the season.

The loss of Bucuane and Mwafulirwa was the most telling, as the home side failed to find a cutting edge in front of goal.

The visitors almost took the lead on the hour-mark as striker Makwinje Soma-Phirihas a shot expertly saved by home goalkeeper Avril Phali.

But it was Cosmos who almost stole the points in the dying seconds as Hellenic skipper Joas Mogolego appeared to foul Siza Nombe in the penalty area, but referee Walter Mochubela waved play on.

Hellenic were always going to be happy with the point away from home, which coach Clemens Westerhof will now hope will be the springboard for towards better things this season.

Hellenic and Cosmos meet again early next month in the Coca-Cola Cup first round at the Athlone Stadium, when Jomo Sono's side will have most of their stars back in action.

The result leaves the Greek Gods rooted to the foot of the table, while Cosmos have now claimed eight out of a possible fifteen points this season.

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