45: Champions Again

28 May 2019
Tembisa, South Africa

Jomo Cosmos are ABSA Premiership champions for 2019. In the end it was anti climatic as the wheels fell off the Kaizer Chiefs wagon. We started the month two points ahead and a game in hand, however if we slipped up and Kaizer Chiefs matched won out then we could be caught on the last day of the season.

Things got off to a rough start as we dropped the opening game to Black Leopards. Luckily Kaizer Chiefs slipped up worse and we were crowned champions with two games to play.

Blow by Blow

ABSA Premiership – Match 27/30

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First game of the month saw us take on Black Leopards. I was expecting a tough game.

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We fielded a strong team, not taking the game lightly.

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We were favoured in the media as well. That should have been ringing alarm bells!

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We conceded after 31 seconds. No problem thought I. There is over 89 minutes to go, we can get back into this game. Sadly we couldn’t!

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We battered them, and they stood stron. Fair play to them for that!

ABSA Premiership – Match 28/30

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Next up we faced Sundowns, and after the last match we couldn’t afford to slip up here.

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Slight rotation for this match.

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Again we were favoured. I expected a tough battle and one we had to win.

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And so it turned out to be. We really struggled  and went behind early i the second half. two late goals saw us come from behind to grab a vital three points.

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Very even result here.

CAF Champions League 2nd Round Leg 2

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The return match was up next. I was confident that we had the goods to qualify.

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Once again we field a strong side.

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Media predict a good win for us, and I agree. With the two away goals we mus be favorite.

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The 25 second goal by Majola effectively ended the tie. We built on that and aside from a breakaway chance which was well saved by Luthuli it was not close.

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Awesome result here. We dominated the game and made our chances count.

New Club Records

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Majola scored the clubs fastest ever goal.

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And then bagged the award for the most assists.

ABSA Premiership – Match 29/30

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We needed a win to secure the title without having to worry about the last match against Kaizer Chiefs.

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We put out our best team for this match. I was taking nothing for granted.

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Just after team sheets were handed in, the news came in that Black Leopards had upset Kaiser Chiefs 1-0 and we were champions!

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The boys player well. We totally blanked them in front of goal and we should have won by more.

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A totally solid performance here. Can not find too much to fault at all.

ABSA Premiership – Match 30/30

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The final game sees us arrive as champions. While there is nothing at stake, there is pride!

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Again we send out a strong team, seeking to dominate from the off.

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The pundits picked a close encounter. I was fully in agreement.

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The game lived up to it’s billing and we emerged victorious following a close match. Lavet’s goal was sufficient for us to take all three points.

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Kaizer Chiefs created the best chances, however we finished ours and won.

More Records

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Top points haul ever in the league.

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Lavet picked up 16 goals in the league for another record.

Season Stats

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Lavet picked up 32 goals for the season. Majola was top assister with 19.  Majola also picked up the most POM awards with 6.

Match Summary

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So there you have it. Fours wins and a loss to slide home Champions.

League Table

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In the end it was a comfortable title win. We finished strongly, while Kaizer Chiefs slipped away.

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