20 September 2017
Tembisa, South Africa
We are under way in what promises to be a grand season. We are in six competitions this year – can we win them all?
Blow by Blow
MTN 8 Cup – Quarter Final
We went behind after a mixup between Defender and Keeper and looked awful in first half.
In the second half we dominated, although the 4-1 scoreline flattered us somewhat. Two goals from Nene off the bench were the icing on the cake.
ABSA Premiership – Match 1/30
Radzi’s opening goal was a good start but then the team went to sleep. First conceding from the kick-off and then failing to defend a corner.
I read the team the riot act at half time and we turned things about. After the 4th goal I switched to play low tempo keep ball for the final hour.
ABSA Premiership – Match 2/30
We made most of the play but once again were not clinical enough. Black aces went ahead against the run of play but they took their chance. The own goal call was harsh as it looked like a goal to me.
It was much of the same at the start of the second half. We lost Ralebakeng to injury and had to change things up. Majola put the ball in the net, but from an offside position. With time almost up we missed another sitter – that summed up the match.
Some weak performances by key players. Much work ahead!
MTN 8 Cup – Semi Final – First Leg
We were slow out of the blocks and were looking somewhat ineffectual. I tweaked my left back’s rale slightly and voila he sets up a goal. A quick second goal to Radzi and we go into the half 2-0 up.
Kaizer Cheifs came out hard at us an thought they had scored but the linesman flagged them offside. With 20 minutes I went back into the low tempo keep ball mode to see the game out.
Motoo Nogi picked up player of the match again. That’s impressive for a defender.
MTN 8 Cup – Semi Final – Second Leg
Kaizer Chiefs started out really strongly as we expected and we were struggling to get into the game. I decided to adopt a holding pattern and the bam! The new boy Lavet converts his first ever chance. 1-0 Cosmos at half-time.
The second half was much of the same with Kaizer Cheifs hammering away and our defence holding barely. But hold on it did! A very tense 1-0 victory against a valiant opposition.
Makaringe had a storming game in the midfield, and Lavet collected a goal on debut.
Transfer Deadline News
David Nkurunziza never made much of an impression for us and is not in my future plans. Out the door he went.
No sooner than the door closed than in stepped his replacement. This boy looks like he can play.I’m not sure whether I will be able to keep him long term, but I am going to try!
This boy can play as well. He can play down either flank and will be a great asset when he joins next year.
ABSA Premiership – Match 3/30
This is a match we should be winning. On 20 mins we win a penalty which Radzi calmly converts. That settles the nerves somewhat. I have noticed that the gap between attack and defence has become marked and so I push the DM forward and adopt a 4231 formation. Lavet bags our second goal and I feel we have this game in the bag, baring mistakes.
A good save by Luthili preserves our lead and then their keeper pulls of two good saves to deny first Lavet and then Radzi. The third goal had to come and it arrived via Nene who blasted home a partially cleared corner. Nene turned provider as he set up Lavet for his second at the hour mark. Nene struck the post from distance and then again from close range in the last moments.
Lavet deserved his player of the match award.
ABSA Premiership – Match 3/30
The are really strong down their left hand side. I am looking to flip my tactic to compensate.
We piled on the pressure in the first half hour but couldn’t find the final pass. The three at the back were holding up well for them. Radzi broke the deadlock with a inch perfect pass into the path of Lavet and the Burundian international did the rest. We restricted them to only four attempts, three from long range and took a 1-0 lead into the break.
Nene had a good chance to double our advantage on 60mins but dragged his shot wide. Should have done better. Lavet then had another good chance, but the Celtic keeper parried it away. Ridzi too spurned a chance to extend the lead as he picked out the keeper once more. It was Nene who finally took is chance and poked home a loose ball in the area to extend our lead and gain some breathing space.
Radzi was fully deserving of his player of the match award.
We have only failed to score in one game and have kept four clean sheets. I am happy with that performance.
Second is not a bad place to be! Keep it there or there-abouts for the rest of the season and see where the chips fall.
The most important game here is the MTN 8 Final, followed by the Telkom Knockout 1st round. I want to win these two competitions this season.