Cosmos staring at GAC relegation

Cosmos staring at GAC relegation
Jomo Sono, head coach of Jomo Cosmos

by Staff Reporter

Friday Apr 22, 2022. 12:20

Jomo Cosmos have four ‘cup finals’ to retain their GladAfrica Championship status, while Richards Bay and University of Pretoria battle it out for automatic promotion.

The weekend’s action kicks off with title challengers University of Pretoria entertaining promotion hopefuls JDR Stars at the Tuks Stadium on Friday.

AmaTuks relinquished the lead after being held to a 1-1 draw by Cape Town Stars in the Mother City last weekend, although they remain unbeaten in their nine outings to keep pace with Richards Bay at the summit, with both clubs tied on 46 points. The Hammer Boys have fallen off the pace in the title race after three successive draws left them five points adrift of the frontrunners in fifth position.

Meanwhile, the league leaders will look to take sole ownership of top spot when they welcome Hungry Lions to the King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday.

The Natal Rich Boyz bounced back from a 1-0 defeat to Tuks with a 5-1 hammering of Platinum City Rovers last weekend to reclaim pole position in the league standings by virtue of their superior goal difference. Hungry Lions are winless in their last five games after losing 2-1 to TS Sporting last time out.

Venda Football Academy will attempt to keep their promotion hopes alive when strugglers TS Sporting visit the Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday.

VFA drove another nail into Cosmos’ coffin with a 3-2 victory in Brakpan last weekend to maintain the four-point gap to the summit in third place, while Abantu Bemthetho arrested a four-match losing streak with a 2-1 win over Hungry Lions to climb off the foot of the table into 15th position.

Cape Town All Stars will aim to keep the pressure on their promotion rivals when they take on Pretoria Callies at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium on Saturday.

Igugu Lekapa (41) are only a point behind VFA in fourth spot after the stalemate with AmaTuks and the Romans moved up to 12th on the table after they beat Uthongathi 1-0 to halt a three-game winless run.

Elsewhere, Black Leopards will look to continue their resurgence when they face Free State Stars at Goble Park, while Polokwane City host Platinum City Rovers at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium desperate to snap a six-match winless sequence.

On Sunday it’s do or die for rock-bottom Jomo Cosmos as they lock horns with TTM at the Thohoyandou Stadium and Cape Town Spurs are hoping to make it four matches unbeaten when they square off against Uthongathi at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.

Ezenkosi are seven points adrift of safety after losing three games on the spin and nothing but victory will do if they hope to avoid the drop. Vhadau Vha Damani dropped to 14th position after being beaten 2-1 by Lidoda Duvha, who recorded their fourth straight win to pull five points clear of the relegation zone.

GladAfrica Championship fixtures:

All times CAT

Friday, April 22

15h00: University of Pretoria v JDR Stars

Saturday, April 23

15h00: Venda Football Academy v TS Sporting

15h00: Free State Stars v Black Leopards

15h00: Pretoria Callies v Cape Town All Stars

15h00: Richards Bay v Hungry Lions

15h00: Polokwane City v Platinum City Rovers

Sunday, April 24

15h00: TTM v Jomo Cosmos

15h00: Uthongathi v Cape Town Spurs

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