Pirates are obvious favourites to win the game and advance to the quarterfinals of Ke Yona, but Ezenkosi have vowed to fight with all they have as they seek to avenge the 5-0 defeat they suffered against the Buccaneers in a recent league game.
“Losing 5-0 was a big lesson for us. That is why we are going to fight in this game because in a way this is a chance for revenge. Our coach (Jomo Sono) always tells us that in football if you make a mistake it is not the end of the world, you just need to go back and correct it in the next game,” said the Burundi-born Cosmos captain.
Nsabiyumva said if they followed Sono’s instructions to the tee, they would not be in the situation they are in now. Cosmos are currently 14th on the Absa Premiership log, and four points adrift of bottom placed Maritzburg United.
“Jomo is a very good coach. He is the best I have had in my career. He motivates us all the time. I think if we follow his instruction we can go far.”
For Pirates, knocking out Cosmos is a must because their main aim is to win the Nedbank Cup as it is the only route available to them to return to continental football next year. Winners of the Nedbank Cup participate in the Caf Confederation Cup, a competition Pirates came close to winning last year as they lost in the final.
Buccaneers midfielder, Lehlogonolo Masalesa said they are aware that this is their last chance at silverware and also at a chance to play in African club competition.
“We have not done well in the league, but are still in this cup competition and are hungry to win it,” said Masalesa.