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Cosmos were lucky - Sono



Jomo Cosmos coach Jomo Sono admitted that fortune had favoured his side in their Nedbank Cup win over Platinum Stars on penalties in Daveyton on Sunday.

Struggling Cosmos, bottom of the Premiership table, came from behind with El-Hadj Samb equalising from the last kick of extra-time before Ezenkosi booked their place in the cup quarterfinals with a 4-3 spot-kick victory.

"We were lucky. I thought luck had eluded us all along," Sono said.

With scores deadlocked at the end of regular time, Stars substitute striker Patrick Malokase opened proceedings soon after, in the 97th minute.

Cosmos added pressure in the final minutes before Samb calmly scored to the celebrations of the enthusiastic crowd at Sinaba Stadium.

"When Samb played it back to Mark [Haskins], he miskicked it but fortunately it landed back to Samb and luckily we scored," Sono said.

"The ball could have gone out so I would not say that it was a created move. It was all about luck.

"I knew we would win if the match went to penalties."

Sono would have had some words for his charges had they lost the fixture, considering the amount of chances they created.

Bluntness in front of goal has been the story of their season despite being able to make opportunities.

"It would have been an injustice had we lost the match because we played very well," Sono said.

Eliminated Stars will now solely focus on escaping the dreaded Premiership drop, with their cup commitments out of the way.

"Now we will have to focus on doing well in the league," said stand-in Stars coach Cavin Johnson.

"I feel that we played well, and lost concentration in the last 10 seconds of the game when Cosmos scored."

Elsewhere on Sunday, 10-man SuperSport United defeated First Division outfit United FC, progressing beyond the last 16 stage of the cup competition with a 1-0 victory in Kimberley.

On Saturday, Kaizer Chiefs coasted to a 4-0 win over Black Leopards, with Lehlohonolo Majoro netting all four goals in Polokwane.

Maritzburg United beat Golden Arrows 1-0 in the KwaZulu-Natal derby in KwaMashu.

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