Jomo Cosmos hopeful

Jomo Cosmos are bottom of the Absa Premiership table but the Soweto club still believes that it can escape the dreaded drop to the National First Division.

“It’s not over until it’s over!” that is stated on the Cosmos website.

Cosmos face championship chasing Mamelodi Sundowns in the team’s penultimate Premiership match for the 2009/10 football season at the Rand stadium in Rosettenville, Johannesburg on Wednesday evening in a do-or-die encounter.

Kick-off is at 8.15pm.

Assistant coach and former Mozambican international defender, Helder “Mano Mano” Muianga is one of those who is ever optimistic about Ezenkosi escaping the automatic relegation spot at the end of the season.

“Anything is possible in this game. We have to do our part as a team, a fact that the players know only too well, and let the others worry about us. Our aim is still focused on Mpumalanga Black Aces who are within reach.”

Aces are in 15th place with 25 points, four more than Cosmos who just returned from the NFD this season.

“We have to do all in our power to grab the six points from the two remaining games that we have to play. We cannot start pressing panic buttons at this late stage as we have to keep our heads and focus on the job at hand.”

“The head coach (Jomo Sono) spoke to the players after our game against Ajax Cape Town on Tuesday after we lost and told them it wasn’t over yet and they still had games to play which could take them out of the spot the team’s is in at the moment.

“They have to hold their heads high as the fat lady has not sung yet and until such happens, there is a lot at stake.”

The squad has a clean bill of health and also welcomes back Papa Diarra who missed the Ajax game through suspension.

“Everyone is available and raring to go. We know Sundowns are chasing the championship but we believe their need is minor and secondary as compared to ours, so while we respect them as a team we are going to put up such a fight they will know they have been in a game of football.”

“ They must brace themselves for a torrid 90 minutes,” he warned.