Jomo Cosmos F.C.

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Jomo Cosmos
Jomo Cosmos logo.png
Full name Jomo Cosmos Football Club
Nickname(s) Ezenkosi (King of Soccer)
Founded 29 January 1983
Ground Makhulong Stadium, Tembisa
Ground Capacity 10,000
Chairman Jomo Sono
Coach Jomo Sono
League National First Division
2012–13 National First Division, 14th

The Jomo Cosmos are a South African professional association football club based in Johannesburg that plays in the National First Division. The club is owned and coached by South African football legend Jomo "Black Prince" Sono.


The club was founded on 29 January 1983, upon the remnants of the previously well-known and successful club Highlands Park, which Sono opted to buy when he ended his playing career in the United States. The club was named Dion Cosmos in its initial 1983 season, with the first part of the name representing the previous sponsor of Highlands Park and the second part being the fingerprint of Jomo Sono, who decided to name his newly bought club after his former NASL club, the New York Cosmos. Since 1984, the name of the club has been Jomo Cosmos.[1]

Sono's policy for development has always been to recognise and build upon raw talent. Sono's team accentuated and developed a strong youth policy and through the years has gained a reputation for discovering and developing some of the finest talent to have played in the league, for the South Africa national team and abroad. Under Sono's ownership, the club went on to achieve several successes: it won the National Soccer League in 1987, the Bob Save Super Bowl in 1990, the Coca-Cola Cup in 2002 and 2005 and the SAA Supa 8 in 2003.

In 2008, Jomo Cosmos were relegated from top-flight football for the first time since 1993. After one season in the National First Division, they returned to the PSL for the 2009–10 season, having won the Inland Stream and the promotion play-off against Carara Kicks. They were immediately relegated again, only to win the 2010-11 NFD championship and promotion back to the PSL, for the 2011-12 season. They were again relegated, and as of 2013-14, play in the National First Division.


  • Telkom Knockout: 3
2002, 2003, 2005
  • Nedbank Cup: 1
  • NSL: 1
  • Second Division: 1

Club records[edit]

Historical League results[edit]

Club officials/Technical team[edit]

2012-2013 First team squad[edit]

As of October 20, 2012 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 South Africa GK Buti Khoza
2 South Africa DF Gladwin Shitolo
3 South Africa DF Rhulani Manzini
4 South Africa MF Thabang Monare
5 South Africa MF Lebogang Pila
6 South Africa DF Awonke Kwenene
7 South Africa MF Karabo Mokoena
8 South Africa MF Siyabonga Nhlapo
9 Swaziland FW Phinda Dlamini
11 South Africa MF Bongani Theletsane
12 Senegal MF El-Hadji Abdou Samb
13 South Africa DF Shane Thompson
15 South Africa MF Vusi Zungu
16 Namibia GK Abisai Shiningayamwe
17 South Africa FW Shaydon Short
18 South Africa FW Aleni Lebyane
19 South Africa DF Kulani Mavasa
20 South Africa MF Bamuza Sono
21 South Africa DF Handsome Sibande
22 South Africa MF Matsilele Sono
No. Position Player
23 South Africa DF Sizwe Maseko
24 South Africa MF Broderick Burds
26 South Africa FW Mduduzi Makwakwa
28 South Africa MF Tshepo Sekhibidu
29 South Africa FW Richard Danse
30 South Africa DF Thabo Mokgalushi
31 South Africa MF Sandile Tati
32 South Africa DF Themba Shabalala
33 South Africa MF Kaylan More
35 South Africa MF Chaid White
37 South Africa DF Ngcebo Thango
39 South Africa MF Tshidiso Tukane
40 South Africa MF Phethego Maebela
41 South Africa DF Samukelo Makhanya
52 South Africa FW Madoda Motha
68 South Africa GK Tsatsi Theletsane
77 South Africa FW Lethola Mofokeng
86 South Africa DF Lehlohonolo Nonyane
99 South Africa GK Avril Phali

Shirt sponsor and kit manufacturer[edit]

  • Shirt sponsor: None
  • Kit manufacturer: Puma


  1. ^ "South Africa 1983 NPSL". RSSF. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 

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