Stars hand Cosmos first loss

Platinum Stars handed Jomo Cosmos their first loss of the Absa Premiership season when goals from Robert Ng’ambi and Eleazar Rodgers gave Dikwena a 2-1 win at Olen Park on Sunday afternoon.

Prior to this match Cosmos had played to three goalless draws while the win is Stars’ is their second of the league campaign.

Dikwena got off to a flying start and opened the scoring in the 12th minute when a quick free-kick saw Robert Ng’ambi through on goal and calmly placed the ball over the onrushing Cosmos keeper, 1-0.

Stars continued to press forward and managed to double their lead in the 30th minute thanks to powerful 12-yard header from Eleazar Rodgers after getting onto the end of a corner-kick, 2-0.

Five minutes before halftime the away team were reduced to ten men when Ndumiso Mabena harshly received a straight red card for a foul on Thabang Monare.

The second half saw Cosmos pushing forward, but their finishing in front of goal was not at its best.

In the 74th minute, however, the home side managed to pull a goal back after a low 24-yard shot from Cheslyn Jampies found the back of the net, 2-1.

Cosmos continued to apply pressure on the Dikwena goal thereafter, but could not find the equaliser as they suffered their first defeat of the season.

Jomo Cosmos (0) 1 (Jampies 74’)

Platinum Stars (2) 2 (Ng’ambi 12’, Rodgers 30’)

Teams

Jomo Cosmos: Naicker, Lingwati, Nsabiyumva, Mthembu (Makobela 46’), Mngomezulu, Macuphu, Monare, Jampies, Mukamba (Zulu 63’), Aka (Madonsela 64’), Mashumba.

Platinum Stars: Coundoul, Mere, Nhlapo, Gumede, Tshabalala, Madubanya, Ng'ambi, Segolela (Msomi 55’), Makudubela (Nyanda 66’), Mabena, Rodgers (Ntuli 79’).