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Bamuza Sono and Jomo Sono © Gallo Images

Cosmos set for the drop again



Jomo Cosmos’s failure to win in their last six Absa Premiership matches means their much-expected drop back to the National First Division could be confirmed on Saturday.

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A loss for Cosmos combined with a result for second from bottom Santos would confirm the seemingly inevitable for Jomo Sono’s team, who have been floundering throughout the season.

Just two wins in 27 games has left the club also facing the ignominy of equaling the record for the worst season in Premier Soccer League history, set by Mother City more than a decade ago.

Cosmos host Maritzburg United at the Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton, where their only previous success in the league came against Platinum Stars in December.

Cosmos have also won away at Bidvest Wits but have collected a paltry 17 points.

That means they are six behind Santos, although they have a catch-up game in midweek against Black Leopards.

Santos are away at AmaZulu on Saturday and with one games to come at home to Leopards after that can still avoid the promotion relegation play-offs but must grab all six points on offer.

Four points would be enough for them to ensure they do not finish bottom but not enough to avoid the potential of involvement in the month-long promotion-relegation play-offs that will come at the end of the season.

Santos’ safety also depends on the result of Leopards’ final two matches. The team from Venda are competing in the African Confederation Cup this weekend and will play their last two-league matches next Wednesday May 16 at Cosmos and then home on May 19 to Ajax Cape Town in Polokwane.

Relegation for Cosmos will be their third successive drop down. They went down in 2008, bounced back up again, only to go straight down in 2010 and after replaying the yo-yo act once again, are now destined for the NFD one more time.

Each time Sono has insisted his side would not be relegated and each time had to suffer embarrassment of eating his words.

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