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Cosmos hold Swallows to a 1-1 draw 30/01/05
Jomo Cosmos striker Christopher Katongo earned his team a valuable point against high-flying Moroka Swallows in the Castle Premiership encounter at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday.

The home team, who are lying in the relegation zone, fought hard for the share of the points after defender Andrew Rabutla gifted the 'Dube Birds' an opener ten minutes before half-time.

The former Bafana Bafana centre-half got himself into a tangle in an attempt to deal with a cross from Swallows midfielder Alfred Phiri. Instead of clearing his team's danger, Rabutla turned his former team-mate's cross into the Cosmos goal.

However, the Ezenkhosi were determined not to let this setback deter them from their mission of not dropping points at home.

They were rewarded for their spirited efforts on the hour when Katongo was first to react to a mistake by the visitors defence. The Zambian was not about to let the opportunity pass him by and launched a 20-metre thunderbolt that had Swallows goalkeeper Greg Etafia clutching air.

The Cosmos faithful were in raptures and were intent on spurring their team on to a much-needed victory. Jomo Sono's team had chances in the dying minutes to steal the game, but were guilty of not fully capitalising on their opportunities.

Innocent Ntsune was the first to fluff his chance in the 72nd minute, before Mark Haskins failed to convert his five minutes later with only the Nigerian international in the Swallows goal to beat.

Cosmos should be happy that they could take a point off their arch-rivals, while Swallows will rue not being able to close the gap on second place Mamelodi Sundowns.

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