Black Leopards remain top of the PSL/NFD play-off standings despite draw

Liododa Duvha were forced to share the spoils in a relegation/promotion play-off encounter on Sunday afternoon

Black Leopards were held to a 2-2 draw against Jomo Cosmos in an all-important Premier Soccer League (PSL) promotion play-off encounter at the Vosloorus Stadium on Sunday.

The result now leaves both sides with a chance at joining the lucrative South African top flight, with Cosmos set to come up against Platinum Stars in their next game. The clash was an exciting affair played in front of an impressive crowd, but despite Cosmos’ home advantage, it was Leopards who struck the first blow.

While Ezenkosi enjoyed the early share of possession, with 13 minutes played, Mwape Musonda would give his coach something to smile about as they broke the deadlock from close range. Musonda capitalised on a loose ball and made no mistake with his effort.

Liododa Duvha’s advantage though would be short lived as minutes later, Cosmos equalised through a mistake by Rotshidzwa Muleka. The keeper failed to hold onto a rather tame effort by Ishmael Mgunda. Both sides would struggle to get a footing in a game as they would go into the half-time interval level pegging.

Although, the first half was a tightly fought affair, the second was a more free flowing game, and after a period of sustained pressure where Leopards were guilty of squandering several goal scoring opportunities, they were rewarded for their perseverance.

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With an hour played, Musonda completed his brace as he showed good composure to steer his low drive goalwards from the edge of the area. The goal seemed to come as a killer blow to Cosmos’ plans, but with Leopards looking destined to leave with the three points and put themselves in pole position for promotion, Cosmos would rescue the game and their hopes in stoppage time.

Cosmos captain Thato Lingwati led by example as he guided his header past the opposing goalkeeper for a share of the spoils.  

Meanwhile, the draw meant that the Limpopo-based outfit remain top with four points from two games.