Rangers slip past Cosmos

SAPA


Manning Rangers beat Jomo Cosmos 2-1 in front of its home crowd in a Castle Premiership match at the Vosloorus Stadium near Boksburg on Wednesday afternoon. Sipho Nzuzo put the Durbanites ahead in the 64th minute when his shot, a through-pass from Fees Moloi, beat Simon Gopane - the Cosmos goalkeeper.

While the Rangers' bench was still celebrating the goal, Antonio Trigo increased the lead to 2-0 when his thunderbolt inside the box went hissing into the net past Gopane - who unsuccessfully tried to stop the shot.

But Ezenkosi, as Cosmos is popularly known, never gave up and fought back like true warriors. Their efforts were well rewarded in the 78th minute when their Zimbabwean international, Benjamin Mwaru Mwari, reduced the deficit with a low shot past Ranger' goalminder, Grant Johnson.

Rangers' coach Gordon Igesund made the perfect substitution when he introduced Isaac "Shakes" Kungoane for Nkiphitheni Matombo in the 62nd minute.

His inclusion changed the complexion of Rangers' game, particularly with his well-aimed passes, and his ball distribution throughout the cracked the Cosmos midfield and defence - marshalled by Lebo Morule and Brian Sebapole. Sebapole, the skilful dreadlocked diminutive midfielder, improved his attacking tactics and fed Mwaru Mwari a through-pass in the 86th minutes, which the striker squandered with only the 'keeper Johnson to beat.

Rangers will now move to the sixth spot, while Cosmos will remain on their ninth position on the PSL table. - Sapa