Cosmos make U-Turn on Giyani Stadium?

The Greater Giyani Local Municipality remains positive that an agreement will soon be finalised between them and Jomo Cosmos for the club to continue playing their games at the Giyani Stadium.

Cosmos took their last three GladAfrica Championship fixtures (against Moroka Swallows, Cape Umoya United and Richards Bay) to the 20 000-seater Stadium in the Mopani District.

But there have been talks that Ezenkosi have made a U-turn on the agreement after the Municipality failed to guarantee the team with accommodation and transport.

The Municipality spokesperson Steve Mabunda refutes the claims saying they expect Cosmos to sign a new agreement soon.

“As far as we are concerned, we are in good terms with Cosmos and we are expecting them to sign an agreement sometime next week. It has been great hosting Cosmos here and there are plans in the pipeline to build an academy that will help young kids around this town,” said Mabunda.

Cosmos were supposed to take their match against Mbombela United on Saturday to the Giyani Stadium, but have now opted to take that match to Olen Park Stadium in Potchefstroom.

By Ofhani Munyai

Cosmos star soldiers on after heartbreak

It has been a horrible year for Jomo Cosmos defender Riaan Hanamub after losing three of his immediate family members in a space of 10 months.

The Namibian international was forced to miss Cosmos’s previous four League matches upon learning of the death of his mother and sister in a horrific vehicle accident in Namibia on August 22.

Hanamub was still trying to come to terms with the death of his father who perished in November 2018.

The 24-year-old opened up to FARPost.co.za after Ezenkosi’s League outing against Cape Umoya United on Sunday afternoon and said it has been difficult for him to adjust to life without both his parents.

“Last year November I lost my Dad, so the wound was still not okay and two more (mother and sister) so it’s a bit difficult for me because right now I am standing without a parent so it’s a bit difficult but that has to make me stronger because I have an older brother and a sister left so I have to be strong for them as I am the breadwinner in the family,” he said.

Hanamub is also grateful to have a supporting Cosmos family whom he said has stood by him during the difficult times.

“You know when I came back, I didn’t expect so much support from the team. They gave me a shoulder to cry on, so they played a bigger part in me coping and me getting better,” he said.

Hanamub joined Cosmos in 2018 from two-time Namibian premier League champions, Orlando Pirates Windhoek.

He was also part of the national team during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and played in all their three Group D matches in Egypt, who were the hosts of the tournament.

‘First win feels like a romantic date’

Glad Africa Championship side Jomo Cosmos secured their first full points of the season, following a 1-0 win over Cape Umoya United at Giyani Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Ezinkosi had a terrible start to their 2019/10 League campaign after three draws and two defeats in their previous five matches.

But a 51st minute strike by Clinton Fredricks gave Cosmos the much-needed points which see them climb from bottom of the Log to 11th with six points from six matches.

Sono who sounded more relieved with the victory compared the feeling to going on a first romantic date.

“The hardest part of the game was to get your first win; you know it’s like dating. Your first date is very confusing because you don’t know what to do,” said the ‘Troublemaker’.

“We have been looking for a win for the past five games and we couldn’t get it and I think because we won today things will change a little bit because we have a good team but they were nervous because we were not winning,” said Sono.

He also explained the decision to play three Glad Africa Championship matches at Giyani Stadium in Limpopo instead of their regular Vosloorus Stadium in Gauteng.

“This is my home, so I have brought my games at home. We are bringing Swallows here (Saturday, October 26) but I would like to bring all the Cape Town teams here,” he said jokingly, aware that it’s a long trip for the Western Cape sides.

Although Sono was born in Soweto, both his grandparents were born in Ka-Bungeni, Limpopo 60km from Giyani.

Ofhani Munyai

‘Getting yellow cards like hotcakes’

Cape Umoya United coach Dominic Isaacs has raised a concern on match officials after his players accumulated 19 yellow cards in just seven matches.

Before this past weekend GladAfrica Championship matches, Umoya were the team with most yellow cards in the league with 16, but that number went up following three more yellow cards against Jomo Cosmos on Sunday – a match Umoya lost 1-0 in Giyani, Limpopo.

The bad disciplinary record is nothing new to the cape side having accumulated 15 yellows and 1 Red card in their first seven League matches last season, their debut season.

But the 37-year-old who took over from Roger De Sa has called for fairness from the match officials.

“I don’t want favours; I just want a fair game and that’s all I am asking for. If it’s a handball it’s a handball and if it’s a push it’s a push,” Isaacs told FARPost.co.za.

My players lately have been getting yellow cards like hotcakes, yellow cards every week. But if the opposition commits the same mistakes, they don’t get punished so I don’t know if the rules apply to one team and doesn’t apply to others.

“I just want a fair game that’s all. It’s already difficult to come here (Giyani Stadium) to play under such a heat, coming from Cape Town flying and get into a nine-hour bus trip (from Johannesburg).”

2019/20 Glad Africa Championship Disciplinary Records:

Cape Umoya United: 19 yellow cards/0 Red

Free State Stars: 11 yellow cards/0 Red

Ajax Cape Town: 10 yellow cards/0 Red

University of Pretoria: 9 yellow cards/1 Red

TS Sporting: 8 yellow cards/1 Red

Steenberg: 8 yellow cards/0 Red

Mbombela United: 8 yellow cards/ 0 Red

Swallows FC: 7 yellow cards/0 Red

Royal Eagles: 7 yellow cards/0 Red

Tshakhuma: 6 yellow cards/1 Red

Richards Bay: 6 yellow cards/0 Red

Real Kings: 6 yellow cards/0 Red

Jomo Cosmos: 5 yellow cards/0 Red

Uthongathi: 2 yellow cards/0 Red

TS Galaxy: 0 yellow cards/0 Red

Ofhani Munyai