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Premier Soccer League Promotion/Relegation Play-Off Report: Black Leopards v Jomo Cosmos 30 May 2018

By Soccer Laduma - May 30, 2018 04:54 PM

Premier Soccer League Promotion/Relegation Play-Off 

Teams: Black Leopards 1-0 Jomo Cosmos

Date: 30 May 2018

Venue: Thohoyandou Stadium

Black Leopards have secured promotion to the Absa Premiership after defeating Jomo Cosmos 1-0 in their final Premier Soccer League Promotion/Relegation Play-Off tie.
Following his impact from the bench against Platinum Stars, the hosts opted to start with Joseph Mhlongo in attack to get a firm grip on the clash from the onset.
After lively opening with few chances, the packed home crowd went wild when Karabo Tshepe got the opener after finishing off a perfectly weighted pass from Mhlongo on 26 minutes.
Ezenkosi were showing a few promising moments thereafter, but their path to finding the equaliser were short in coming amidst a few sparingly half-hearted attempts.
Time ticked by and Leopards went close to a second after Marks Munyai found space on the right to set-up Tshepe with a cross-field pass, but the final attempt was cleared off the line on 42 minutes.
Cosmos made a few necessary changes to aid their come back in their penultimate playoff match with Platinum Stars awaiting over the weekend.
Lidoda Duvha were edging ever closer to finding to a double when Khomotso Mosia got a header in from a corner but it went over the top on 60 minutes.
Soon, sharpshooter Mwape Musonda faced the goal head on from a free-kick position, but his effort slightly ricocheted off a big wall before falling safely in the hands of Lebogang Modiba.
Cosmos, who needed a last-ditch strike to snatch a draw in the reverse fixture, almost silenced the sold-out venue when Sphesihle Nzimande’s header reduced Rotshidzwa Muleka to a one-handed save.
The clock wind down and neither side was able to find further goals, leaving Leopards to walk away victors and secure a return to the Premiership since 2013.
Cosmos will now remain in the second tier and will be joined by Dikwena, who have now been relegated.
Here's how they line up:
Leopards: Muleka, Mashoene, Masia, Munganga, Munyai, Nene, Mudau, Nange, Tshepe, Mhlongo, Musonda.
Subs: Ndlovu, Ndou, Nevhulamba, Aifmi, Ndawonde, Mahangwahaya, Shivambu.
Cosmos: K. Ndlovu, Gebhardt, Lebahi, Lingwati, Makobela, Sibeko, Haoseb, Manjoe, Sono Jnr, Mabula, Nzimande.
Subs: Modiba, Tlolane, Hlongwane, Rasilingwane, Obi, Laqwela, Mgunda.


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30 May 2018 15:00 Thohoyandou Stadium South African Promotion Playoffs
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hungry dog Joined: 02 Jun 2018
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hungry dog Jun 03, 2018 07:44 AM
Platinum stars ,just lyk yr fellow swallows,nfd then abc motsepe to nowhere
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hungry dog Jun 03, 2018 07:43 AM
Platinum stars ,just lyk yr fellow swallows,nfd then abc motsepe to nowhere
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Myaka weliPhefeni Jun 01, 2018 09:28 AM
What if Ajax win the case? What s going to happen?
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TANkwali Jun 01, 2018 08:38 AM
IT SEEMS IS NOT OVER YET LEOPARDS, once Ajax win the case the playoffs will be Replayed. NOT SO FAST
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TUMI-555 May 31, 2018 10:17 PM
Apologies again Marshes o. As I indicated to you. Hope ul come back stronger next year.jst win the league straight away from avoid playoffs
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roger-fetumba May 31, 2018 09:35 AM
Leopards back in the top flight what about pending Ajax case what will happen if they win it? anyway welcome back Limpopo guys Sundowns daily bread
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Matwalicosi May 31, 2018 08:52 AM
Ri livhuwisa Madidingwe khau nwaya cosmos to book the status cha psl. Please PSL do away with playoff , it is a waste of time and I still ask myself why playoff, to whose benefit, who came with the thought? This is a robbery to the 2nd placed team frm national division . just hope this one is done cos there is stil an Ajax case pending that might change the entire situation, so I'm afraid to be completely happy for leopards. SA soccer is run like spaza by people who are putting their interests first.
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leendomint May 31, 2018 08:28 AM
Lidoda duvha
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llumadi May 31, 2018 08:26 AM
Well-come Back Black Leopard 3 teams of Limpopo thats great wish u all the best to our Municipality please improve our Stadium
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DaBrisco Nation May 31, 2018 08:18 AM
A Psl must not waste time by playing platinum and Cosmos . It will be waste of resources . Overall Platinum was never ready . The was no fighting spirit at all . Leopards deserves it
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Mashia1950 May 31, 2018 07:34 AM
Loswika duvha.
Boris Becker Joined: 23 May 2017
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Boris Becker May 31, 2018 07:00 AM
No sign of @Matshepiso!!!
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Boris Becker May 31, 2018 06:40 AM
Welcome back boys!
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SyandaB May 31, 2018 12:08 AM
Well done en welcome Black Leopards
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somlungisi May 30, 2018 10:18 PM
@indidane I can see there is something similar to your name they way you commented where does Ntshangase fit in here he is in the books of Chiefs and last team he played for was Baroka not Leopards hhay bakithi!your team is also having overrated individuals
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Gandanga May 30, 2018 09:19 PM
Welcome back. Come and fight for a top eight post coz number one post belongs to Sundowns. Your classification involves the likes of FSS, Poorates, Chiefs etc.
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MadChief May 30, 2018 08:40 PM
Nxa additional Baloya derby!
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Herbovich May 30, 2018 08:06 PM
I told MaTshepiso countless times that Leopards not Cosmos will gain promotion, but he was hard head didnt believe me.
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Dangerous when provoked May 30, 2018 07:35 PM
Jomo Cosmos were not playing ss a that want to be in the Premier League. His son was falling all the time and is over weight.
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indidane May 30, 2018 07:28 PM
C0wdit0r, When are u 0pening W0rld Cup prediction s ??

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