38: Into the Final

28 October 2018
Tembisa, South Africa

A very good month saw Jomo Cosmos reach the Champions League Final where we will meet Zamalek. We are also through to the Telkom Knockout Cup Quarter Final where we will get a chance to repay the Orlando Pirates following our loss in the MTN 8 Cup semi-final.

Blow by Blow

New Record

2018-0294

Match 5/30 – ABSA Premiership

2018-0288

Without wanting to seem disingenuous, our opponents to date in the league have not been the strongest. SuperSport United are in a different class and have to be respected.

2018-0289

We are fielding a fairly strong lineup today. The changes see Asante in for Lubasa and Rikotso in for Zech

2018-0290

We are slight favourites here, although it is a near run thing.

2018-0291

Lavet was back on form tonight as he scored a marvellous hat-trick. We conceded goals in first 3 minutes of both halves. Won the next 42 mins of each half though.

2018-0293

We played better than they did for most of the match, and we were rewarded on the scoreboard.

New record for consecutive wins

2018-0294

Another club record falls to us. We are playing really well here.

Match 6/30 – ABSA Premiership

2018-0295

Amazulu is another game I would really expect to win. However with the champions league match 4 days afterwards I am going to be forced to field a slightly weaker side for this game.

2018-0296

Very much a second string side here, with us having to rest our first team ahead of the Champions League semi-final.

2018-0297

Despite the weakened squad we are still short odds to win the game.

2018-0298

Ngobeni banged in another two goals for us in a 3-0 win. Young Twala scored his first goal for the club. I was disappointed in Motaung getting sent off for two yellow cards in 4 minutes.

2018-0300

For fielding a second string side I am happy with how we played.

CAF Champions League Semi-final Leg 1

2018-0301

The biggest game of the season for us so far. A good win will give us a huge advantage in the tie. They have really struggled against the cross so far.

2018-0302

We have gone for the strongest line-up we can, however we have 8 of our starting team on yellow card warnings. Hmmm… Somehow  I missed Nogi off my team sheet! and off the bench too! Oops!

2018-0303

We are very short odds to win this game. Ideally we want to put a truckload of goals in to make leg two easier.

2018-0304

We didn’t play well in the first half and I read the team the riot act. Second half we were much better, and scored four away goals.

2018-0306

We absolutely dominated the game, especially in the second half. So much so that I feel I can field a weak side in leg 2 to preserve those players with yellow card worries.

Injury Update

2018-0307

This is a welcome return. Makaringe has been a first team regular for three seasons and will fill out the hole in midfield.

Serious Job Offer

2018-0309

Now this is a really good offer. Bate are the most successful club in Belarus, and offer a great springboard into European football. I believe the season runs from January to December. With that in mind I am trying to delay them until after the Champions League is decided at mid season.

2018-0310

Wow! I got my delay. I think that when they come back with the offer, I will be accepting it. I don’t want to leave Jomo Cosmos but it is an offer which is too goon not to accept.

CAF Champions League Semi-final Leg 2

2018-0308

Leg two holds no real fears for me. With four away goals, I am confident in my teams ability to get the job done. Even a narrow loss will not hurt our progression.

2018-0311

I have selected no player who has a yellow card. Young Cele is getting his first start for us in the biggest game of the season! I would expect them to look to counter attack based upon their formation.

2018-0312

The team is still not bad though, so baring a red card to a key player, and a disastrous game from the selected team, we are looking good.

2018-0313

In the end it was no contest. Two early goals by Ngobeni and three assists from Majola were sufficient for us to win 8-1 on aggregate.

2018-0315

Another storming performance for the team, including a whopping 91% pass rate.

Telkom Knockout 1st Round

2018-0316

Three days after the semi-final we come up against Wits in the Telkom Knockout Cup. This is the last trophy we have yet to win and it will be good to get there this time.

2018-0317

Due to the heavy rotation we are able to field a very good side in this match. Young Mtheban gets to make his début in goal.

2018-0318

Once again we are listed as favourites, although not as heavily as before.

2018-0319

We just seem to be scoring for fun. We have much the same team as last season however it is like the boys have decided that they all want to be top scorers!

2018-0321

We were not as dominant, but clinical in front of goal. On a side note, this game was my 100th victory as a manager!

New Record

2018-0322

We are wracking the records up this season.

Match 7/30 – ABSA Premiership

2018-0323

No sooner have we finished the last match then we have the next game against Wits.

2018-0324

We opt for a slightly depleted side due to having the first leg of the Champions League final four days later. They have almost the same side on the park so it will be tight.

2018-0325

After the last match the odds on us have shortened even more. I am quietly confident in our ability.

2018-0326

We went to sleep in this game, and after an early goal we allowed two quick replies to trail at the half. We fought back in the second half to go ahead only to concede immediately from the kick-off!

2018-0328

We played poorly in the first half, however we showed great resilience to come back into the game. Sadly we couldn’t close it out, and in reflection a draw was a fair result.

Match Summary

2018-0332

Five wins and a draw is a very good return for us. I am happy with this.

League Table

2018-0331

Second with a game in hand. Luckily Kaizer Chiefs also dropped points.

Telkom Knockout Quarter Final Draw

2018-0330

Orlando Pirates! We get an immediate chance for revenge! Bring it on!

Next Episode

2018-0333

Next episode promises to be a bumper one. We have a two legged Champions League final, either side of a Telkom Knockout Quarter Final. Tune in tomorrow to see how we get on!

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