Player rotation key in Nedbank Cup tie – Sono

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Player rotation will be key if Jomo Cosmos are to fare well in their Saturday’s Nedbank Cup preliminary round tie against Sekhukhune United at Makhulong Stadium (Kick-off 15h00).

This is according to Cosmos club owner, Jomo Sono, who admitted that though he was pleased with the work ethic his charges have shown in their last two league games, failure to manage their workload might work against his team’s aspirations for this season.

Cosmos started off their GladAfrica Championship campaign on a positive note with a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Sekhukhune, before locking horns with Ajax Cape Town this past Tuesday.

In their second match, Ezenkosi came from a goal down to score two goals in the last 10 minutes of the game to bag their first win of the season.

Sono applauded his side’s work ethic on the day, adding that he’s confident that they will build from that result going into the weekend’s clash.

“I am happy with how we’ve played so far (this season),” Sono said. “The results we got from the two matches are a reflection of the amount of work we have been putting in training to get the team into the fitness level that it is in currently. Against Ajax, we scored in the last 10 minutes of the match because we were consistent in applying pressure up in the final third. That own-goal which came in the 88th minute in our favor (by Tendo Mukumela) was a result of our opponents being tired.

“Against Sekhukhune, we out worked them on the pitch, too. Some of their players started cramping in that 2-2 draw, where we came back from behind twice.

“This is a hardworking team,” Sono added. “However, I also need to manage the workload of the players, too. I am planning to make a few changes in the starting lineup of our Nedbank Cup tie against Sekhukhune, in order to give the other guys an opportunity to rest.”

Sono also added that he had all the confidence in the world that the players who would be starting this weekend, have enough fight in them to push for the desired win and build on their two-game unbeaten run.

“Every player here at Cosmos understands the significance of fighting for the badge (whenever given the nod to play),” Sono said. “We want to do well in this Nedbank Cup football tournament and they understand the significance of that.”

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By Mohau Ramashidja

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