Jomo Cosmos were looking to upset Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup Last 16 encounter in Potchefstroom.It took only three minute for Tendai Ndoro to fire Pirates into the lead with a header after Cosmos goalkeeper Thabo Modiba failed to deal with a long ball inside the box.
The Buccaneers were attacking with real intent in the opening stages of the game – with Luvoyo Memela keeping the Ezenkosi defence very busy.
Bucs keeper Brighton Mhlongo was called into action in the 18th minute when Wiseman Maluleke unleashed a shot from an acute angle and the shot-stopper made a decent save.
However, in the 25th minute, Cosmos striker Charlton Mashumba level matters with a sensational strike from the edge of the box which beat Mhlongo to make it 1-1.
Zimbabwean striker Ndoro nearly restored Pirates’ lead seven minutes later after receiving the ball inside the Cosmos box, but the forward placed his shot over the crossbar.
In the 37th minute, Bucs’ long range specialist Mpho Makola tried his luck from range and attempt was blocked by Cosmos’ Mxolisi Macuphu.
The visitors camped in the Cosmos half while enjoying the vast majority of the possession towards the half-time break.
Pirates’ pressure finally paid off on the stroke of half-time as Memela headed home Makola’s cross to hand the visitors a 2-1 lead heading into the break.
Just three minutes minutes into the second-half, Ndoro grabbed his brace when he beat Modiba with a left footed shot with Thabo Rakhale providing an assist.
Cosmos head coach Jomo Sono reacted by making his first change in the 56th minute – introducing Linda Mntambo for Sibusiso Mdamba.
In the 64th minute, Mhlongo, who was having a quiet second-half, was forced to make a decent save denying Cosmos midfielder Nhlakanipho Khumalo.
Ezenkosi’s goalscorer Mashumba combined brilliantly with his teammates in the 79th minute, but the Zimbabwean forward failed to finish off the move.
Despite Cosmos’ late attacks, Pirates managed to hold onto their lead in the remaining minutes and they emerged 3-1 winners on the day.
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