South African football legend, coach and Jomo Cosmos boss Dr Jomo Sono is close to leaving football after dedicating 43 years of his life to the game.
Speaking to FARPost, Dr Sono dropped a bomb when he said that he will no longer be involved in football. “Another two years then I am out, in 2022 I am gone,” said the former Orlando Pirates midfielder.
Dr Sono didn’t say why he is planning on quitting football in 2022 but his team Jomo Cosmos is struggling in the GladAfrica Championship – the second tier of SA football, as they are flirting with relegation in position 15 with 16 points after 17 matches.
When he was asked about the current situation at his club, Sono said, “People are not even looking at the log that we are second from the bottom but the difference is not that much if you look at the teams above us.
The Pirates legend enjoyed a great deal of success in the United States of America (USA) before deciding to hang up his boots in 1985, returning back to South Africa.
However, Dr Sono wasn’t quite done yet with football as he went on to purchase a professional football team Highlands Park in Johannesburg in 1982. He renamed the team Jomo Cosmos in honour of his old club, New York Cosmos.
Cosmos is known for unearthing and developing talent. Some of the stars Sono discovered include Helman Mkhalele, the late Philemon Masinga, Mark Fish, just to name a few.
Under Sono’s guidance, the club went on to achieve several successes, winning the National Soccer League (NSL) in 1987, the Bob Save Super Bowl in 1990, the Coca-Cola Cup in 2002 and 2005 and the SAA Supa 8 in 2003.
By Mhlengi Ngcobo