By MTHULISI SIBANDA

JOHANNESBURG– AFTER securing their first home win of the season at last, Jomo Cosmos, the most prominent side in the national first division, is aiming for a berth in the playoffs to determine promotion to the DStv Premiership.

Before a hard-fought 1-0 victory over relegation material, Bizana Pondo Chiefs, at the Profert Olen Park, Cosmos had the embarrassing record of being the only team in South African professional football not to win at home this season.

The win, courtesy of a 46th minute goal by captain Sean Ledwaba (his fifth of the season) came at the 14th home game for Ezenkosi. They are the worst home performers, with that number of matches only earning ten points (one win, seven draws and six losses). They have scored a mere nine times and conceded 15 goals at home.

Conversely, Cosmos have been the GladAfrica Championship’s best travelers after snatching 26 points from 12 games that culminated in eight wins, two draws and two defeats. Jomo Sono’s team has scored 14 and conceded eight on the road.

“It is really motivating,” Brian Sebapole, Sono’s assistant, said of the confidence-boosting win in an interview with CAJ News Africa.

The maximum points left ‘Mjomana’s team eighth on the table and while it might appear they are far off the chase for promotion, the log indicates a different story.

With four games remaining at the time of publication, Bra J’s Mintirho Ya Vulavula are on 36 points, nine behind leaders Richards Bay.

They are only four points off the last playoff berth (third), currently occupied by TS Sporting.

The GladAfrica Championship has been topsy-turvy this season. Indications are that the winner and two sides to contest the playoff with the 15th-placed side in the DStv Premiership will be decided on the final day.

The first division finishes on May 23, six days earlier than the top tier.

“This league will be decided on the last week,” Sebapole predicted of the GladAfrica Championship.

“Anything is possible,” he said of Cosmos’ chances. “It’s going to be very difficult for the (eventual) league winner to get to 50 points. Anyone can beat anyone.”

Cosmos’ remaining games are against seventh-placed JDR Stars (away), 12th-placed Pretoria University (away), Richards Bay (home) and fifth-lying Cape Umoya United (away).

Champions of the now-defunct National Soccer League in 1987, Ezenkosi were relegated in 2015-16 after finishing last in the then-Absa Premiership.

– CAJ News