Cosmos, SuperSport reach stalemate
Jomo Cosmos and SuperSport United failed to give their supporters an early Christmas present, with the two teams playing to a 0-0 draw in their Castle Premiership clash at Huntersfield Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Having lost two games at the same venue before this encounter, Jomo Cosmos played their hearts out from the first whistle right up until full-time.
It was not enough, however, and they had to settle for the goalless draw.
Cosmos's first real chance of the match fell to Bamuza Sono, who received a well-taken cross from Lucky Mhlathi, only for his shot to be saved by United's goalkeeper, Dennis Onyango.
Cosmos and the league's leading goal-scorer, Chris Katango, them became a villain in the 18th minute when he missed a clear chance with only the 'keeper - Onyango - to beat.
But SuperSport - who were without head coach Pitso Mosimane on the bench, who was found guilty for verbally abusing a match official - also started the game with the intention of giving their travelling supporters a pre-Christmas victory and they responded with several counter-attacks, one of which saw them come close to scoring in the 20th minute, only for Katlego Mashego to be ruled off-side by referee Abdulah Ebrahim.
The game tightened up somewhat after the early flurry, with Tony Tabedze and Bamuza Sono dictating terms, but that opening girl still seemed a long way away.
It was anybody's game as the first half drew to a close, but both teams seemed to run out of ideas when confronted by a goal-mouth, which the score at 0-0 at half-time.
Cosmos were the first to stage a threatening move in the second half in front of the sparse crowd, but Bamuza Sono - who seemed to be impatient in front of goals - sent his shot flying over the bar in the 48th minute.
The end-to-end action continued unabated, with United finally showing signs of cracking. Cosmos, however, failed to capitalise with the main culprit being Anthony Laffor.
With time running out, SuperSport assistant coach Thomas Madigage made three changes in the 80th, 81st and 85th minutes, bringing on Issac Mabotsa, Kaondera Shingayi and former Cosmoms striker Tico Tico Bucuane in place of Siboniso Gaxa, Tony Tsabedze and James Chamanga, respectively.
Those changes, however, failed to inspire the visitors, whilst the hosts were also unable to open their account in the closing stages, with the game eventually ending in a 0-0 draw and the two teams sharing the points on offer.
By Walter Mabeba