Cosmos confident of Pirates win

Jomo Cosmos will be full of confidence after their 3-0 cup win when they travel to the Nelson Mandela Stadium on Sunday afternoon for a League clash with champions Orlando Pirates.

The match kicks off at 15:30.

Bottom of the log Cosmos come into the match following their impressive 1-1 League draw away to Ajax and after beating Bloemfontein Celtic 3-0 in the Telkom Knockout this week.

It has been an up and down season so far for Ezenkosi, but goalkeeper Avril Phali remains confident in his side.

“So far so good,” Phali said when asked about the season. “We have had some convincing games and some not so convincing games. But we have been playing well. We are just lacking that final edge.

“We played well against Ajax. We convinced ourselves we could get a result, and we managed to come together and put out a convincing display. It was a fantastic game that saw us give 100% effort, where we played as a team and had the correct team spirit.”

Coming up against eighth placed Orlando Pirates will be no easy task, but Phali believes that his team can pull off a surprise.

“Orlando Pirates is a strong team and against teams like that there is an immediate motivation in its own. We are determined to do well and we are motivated, I think we will surprise them.”

The home side will be without Tshepo Moloto and Phinda Dlamini who have both travelled to Vietnam where they will take part in a two week trial.

The main absentee for Pirates will be Benni McCarthy - out for two weeks following a hamstring strain.

Pirates defender Lucky Lekgwathi says that the task on Sunday will be tough despite Jomo Sono’s men sitting at the bottom of the log.

“Playing against Cosmos will not be easy. They are at the bottom of the table and have not won a league game yet, and they will be hungry to get one over us," Lekgwathi says.

"Jomo Sono is a clever coach and he has been in the football industry for a long time. I am sure he will have a couple tricks up his sleeves to try and get the better of us."