Chiefs to play Cosmos in the final again
Chiefs to play Cosmos in the final again

Posted in News on Nov 16, 2002.

Defending champions Kaizer Chiefs will prove once and for all that they still have what it takes when they meet Jomo Cosmos in the final of the Coca-Cola Cup in two week's time.

For the second time in a row, both teams will contest for the lucrative prize money of R2 million after Amakhosi pocketed the purse last season with an impressive victory in which they scored five goals to nil, with Jabu Pule probably playing the best game of his short professional career and scoring two goals in the process.

Named man of the match in that Saturday afternoon last November, Pule, who recently returned from rehabilitation, will get a chance to shine once more and prove to the world that he is still the undisputed prodigal son of South Africa football.

Against Ajax, in which Chiefs booked themselves a place in the final through a Stanton Fredericks’ goal in the first half, Pule was substituted in halfway through the second half, probably a sign that he has not yet regained his match fitness.

The young Pule played his first match after rehabilitation against Hellenic in the league fixture played at the Olympia Stadium, in which David Kannemeyer scored the winner. He was later substituted with Josias Macamo.

However, if there is one player who is on-form and should pose a serious threat if left unattended in Lebohang Kukame of Cosmos.

The 24-year-old South African international and former Bloemfontein striker is on song and is beginning to score on a regular basis for Jomo Sono's charges.

He scored his first league goal against Manning Rangers a week ago, in which Cosmos won 1-0 in Durban and it was again the young who inflicted The Mighty Maulers' second defeat at the hands of Ezenkosi on Sunday, through a golden goal in the first half of extra time.

It is the likes of Kukame and his striking partners of Esau Kanyenda and Manuel "Tico-Tico" Bucuane that the Chiefs defence will have to guard against and the coaching staff will have to plan for.

Whether or not, head coach Muhsin Ertugral will be back in the hot seat for the final after sitting out the Hellenic and Ajax matches will depend on the outcome of a meet between the club's chairman Kaizer Motaung and the Turkey-born coach.

His assistants and the club's stalwarts, Doctor Khumalo and Donald "Ace" Khuse, guided the Amakhosi to victory against both Cape Town-based clubs.

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