Phali: We must take our chances

Long serving Jomo Cosmos goalkeeper, Avril Phali is by far the most qualified person to speak about Ezenkosi as he has been part of the set-up for a while.

As Cosmos struggle to find their way back in the elite league, Phali is confident that the team can turn things around – starting with a victory on Wednesday night’s Telkom Knockout last 16 encounter against Bloemfontein Celtic.

The Cosmos captain believes that the team can adopt a wining culture again.

“I think if we perform well in training, it will show during the game. If we can convert our chances then we will be the better side on the day, but we have to be disciplined and determined to win.”

The struggling Johannesburg based-based outfit is aiming to reverse their fortunes when they face the fancied Bloemfontein side at Sinaba.

“We know that Celtic is a very good side and have good players and have been doing well, but the boys are motivated and I am confident we can pull through”, he said.

Ezinkosi will approach this game as the underdogs, something Phali feels can play in their favour. Another encouraging statistics for the Cosmos number one is that, so far, only home teams have managed to proceed to the quarterfinal of the Telkom Knockout stages.

“This year’s Telkom Knockout is funny as the travelling teams have been knocked out and seeing that we are the home team we stand a very good chance. We have to work hard as we continue our search for winning a cup”, he added

Cosmos have a mix of youth and experience this season but results have eluded them so far. In thjeir eight league games, they are yet to register a win – with four draws under their belt.

“We need to start winning as draws do not make you qualify for the quarterfinals. The players are focused and if luck is on our side hopefully we can go all the way,” the former Orlando Pirates keeper said.