Jomo Sono Biography
Jomo Sono (Ephraim Matsilela Sono) was born on 17th July 1955 in Soweto, South Africa. He is a South African soccer club owner, Jomo Cosmos, and coach.
Jomo Sono Early Life
Jomo Sono father was Eric “Scara” Bamuza Sono who was a midfielder for the Orlando Pirates football team in the early 1960s. He died when Jomo was eight years old after a car crush. His mother abandoned him and was left in the care of his ailling grandparents.
He used to sell apples and peanuts at soccer games and train stations to clothe himself, buy food for his grandparents and pay school fees.
Career as a Footballer.
He attended one of the Orlando Pirates’ and one of the regular players was absent and Sono was requested to stand in for him. He soon gained fame for his all-round ability, dribbling and accurate passing skills.
He later went to America the United States of America, where, in 1977, he played for the New York Cosmos.In 1978, he moved to the Colorado Caribous.Sono completed his stint in North America playing for the Toronto Blizzard, playing three summers, 1980 through 1982.
Jomo Sono Club owner
In 1982 he purchased the Highlands Park club in Johannesburg and renamed it to Jomo Cosmos in honour of his old team.The club achieved several sucess under his ownership: it won the National Soccer League in 1987, the Bobsave Super Bowl in 1990, the Cola Cola Cup in 2002 and the Super Eight in 2003.
Jomo Sono Coach
In 1998 Jomo Sono was appointed as caretaker coach of the Bafana Bafana just before the African Nations Cup tournament in Burkina Faso.Under Sono, the team reached the final of the tournament, where they lost to Egypt. Taking the short time that he had to prepare with the team into account, it was considered a remarkable feat.
After a disappointing performance by the South African national squad during the 2002 African Nations Cup in Mali, Sono was again appointed a technical director to the team. However, the head coach of the team at that time, Carlos Queiróz, felt that his position was being undermined by this appointment and resigned. Sono was again appointed as caretaker coach, this time for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan.
Sono is the longest-serving coach in the South African Premier League and also sits on the board of the Premier SoccerLeague. On 22 October 2009 it was announced that he had returned to the South African Football Association, and one day later on 23 October 2009 he took the job as Technical Director.
Jomo Sono Honours
In 2004 Jomo Sono was voted 49th in the Top 100 Great South Africans.
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In December 2016, Sono received two doctorates from the University of London and the University of Dubai for his contribution to football and business.