Stars not letting up against Cosmos

Free State Stars, according to goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene, will look to continue in their fine form as they further dampen the mood of their upcoming opponents Jomo Cosmos.

The two sides will lock horns in an Absa Premiership clash at Goble Park on Wednesday afternoon, kick-off is at 3pm (SA, CAT, GMT+2).

The Ea Lla Koto have made a strong start to the season, claiming four points from their first two league matches (1-1 draw against Supersport United and a 1-0 win over AmaZulu) and they are certainly not looking at easing up.

“We have started well, but we are not stopping there. We want another three points from our next match against Cosmos and we plan on getting them,” says Mweene.

Going up against Cosmos, Mweene admits that Stars know they are going to face a stiff challenge, “Cosmos are new to the PSL this season and they have not won a game yet. They will be going all out for victory, we know that, but we will not be easily beaten. They will not end their losing run against us.”

After two league games Ezenkosi are placed 13th on the log with no points to their name after losses to Kaizer Chiefs (2-1) and Mamelodi Sundowns (2-0). Still, despite losses in both matches Cosmos showed some inklings of a fighting spirit.

And it is that fighting spirit, according to Katlego Loke, we will see in full force against Stars, “Obviously we have made a poor start, but we are only two games into the season. In our first two games we showed at times what we are capable of and we will fight for every point in every game.”

Loke goes on to suggest that Cosmos think they can get their first points against the Ea Lla Koto, “We feel we can make life difficult for Free State. We know it won’t be easy, but we are confident going into the game we can get our first points of the season.”

The last time these two teams met in the league was in the 2009/10 Absa Premiership season and in that campaign both games ended in draws, 0-0 at the home of Cosmos and 2-2 in the Free State.

Overall, Stars and Cosmos have met in 36 league games since 1995. Cosmos have won 14 Matches to Stars’ 11, while the other 11 encounters have been drawn.

For Mweene, though, the history of their encounters is irrelevant, “What happened in the past is in the past. This is a new season and we expect to beat Cosmos.”