JOHANNESBURG – Jomo Cosmos’ chairman-coach Jomo Sono admits that his rushed transfer deals nearly cost his team’s status in the second-tier last term, assuring they’ll be championship material in the GladAfrica Championship after adequate preparations this season.
Sono found himself in a compromising position when he had to ship out a bulk of his players due to financial challenges at the beginning of last season. In assembling the new team, the “Black Prince” was forced into starting from scratch, finding the going hard as they finished 13th in the log - two positions above the drop zone to the third-tier.
However, having saved their status by the skin of their teeth, Sono believes they’ll be forces to be reckoned with in the GladAfrica Championship - the old National First Division.
“We were expecting what happened last season because if you look at when the league started, we lost about 30 players,” Sono stated. “So right away, I had to promote a lot of young kids from the academy and I had to look for players. And when I was looking for players, (despite) the eye I have, I picked up few wrong ones because I was in the rush and I wanted to protect the team from getting relegated.
But in my opinion when I looked at them now ... they were not good for this team. But now, I’ve had time (to plan and scout). We’ve promoted our entire Under-23 team that recently won a trophy in Spain, blended them with some of the senior guys.”