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Real Kakamora 2 – KOSSA 2

Real Kakamora made use of the guest player allowance for the second round to bring three (3) players namely Paul Usumae, Leslie Kakai and Papua New Guinea player Cyril Muta into their line up and they certainly made their mark for the Tommy Mana coached side.
From the opening whistle Real Kakamora threatened to take the lead and had several chances wasted including Kakai’s shot which just went over the cross bar after just 30 seconds of play but KOSSA kept their cool while fishing for an opening to use.
KOSSA’s first goal came quite dramatically in the 15th minute when Seni Ngava’s free kick from 25 yards out was not handled properly by Real Kakamora goalkeeper, Lawrence Mafane, and the ball fell into the back of the net.
The half hour mark saw KOSSA extend their lead to 2 – 0 over their opponents when Micah Lea’alafa converted a penalty kick after Sammy Osifelo was brought down in the Real Kakamora penalty area.
Real Kakamora had several chances to score before Brendan Rou broke free from his markers to pick up a through pass and sending the ball past Severino Aefi just minutes before half time to register his side’s first goal of the game.
The second half was more even and Real Kakamora fought hard to get something from the game but KOSSA were able to deny them until the 67th minute when they finally broke through and scored the equaliser.
New recruit Paul Usumae, who played in New Zealand in his heydays, provided the goal that would give Real Kakamora their first point of the season when he latched onto a through pass before beating Loni Qaraba and turning the ball past substitute goalkeeper, Samson Koti.
KOSSA had several chances to regain the lead before the end of the match with Micah Lea’alafa going really close in the 74th minute and then again in the 84th minute but Real Kakamora held the draw until the final whistle.
Resurgent Real Kakamora
The Real Kakamora side that took to the pitch against KOSSA was a vast improvement over the side that struggled against their opponents in the first round spotting more coordination in their attack with Ian Ngahugari and Richard Mama taking control in the midfield department.
The inclusion of Cyril Muta in the backline has given them more confidence and solidity and up front Paul Usumae is making an impact but the biggest asset this team now has is the morale boost that they have gained from this draw with KOSSA.

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