Jomo Cosmos F.C.

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Jomo Cosmos
Jomo Cosmos logo.png
Full nameJomo Cosmos Football Club
Nickname(s)Ezenkosi (King of Soccer)
Founded29 January 1983; 36 years ago (1983-01-29)
GroundMakhulong Stadium, Tembisa
Capacity10,000
ChairmanJomo Sono
CoachJomo Sono
LeagueNational First Division
2017–183rd

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.

History[edit]

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. and proceeded to bounce between the top flight and the second tier for a number of seasons. 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, before being promoted in the 2014–15 season, and, again, relegated in the 2015–16 season. They were promoted again in the 2016-17 season.

Honours[edit]

  • Telkom Knockout: 3
2002, 2003, 2005
  • Nedbank Cup: 1
1990
  • NSL: 1
1987
  • Second Division: 1
1994

Club records[edit]

Historical League results[edit]

Club officials/Technical team[edit]

First team squad[edit]

2018-19 season[2]

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 Mbulelo Ngqobe
2 South Africa DF Nkululeko Tshangane
3 South Africa DF Sicelokuhle Hlatshwayo
4 South Africa MF Omphile Ledwaba
5 Ivory Coast DF Ange Dahou Lebahi
6 South Africa MF Kagiso Ndlovu
7 South Africa MF Silas Maziya
8 South Africa MF Dawny Makgatho
9 South Africa DF Noah Maimela
11 South Africa MF Daclen Ngwetjana
12 Namibia DF Riaan Hanamub
13 South Africa MF Sanele Gumede
15 South Africa MF Vusimuzi Mncube
16 South Africa DF Bafana Tshawe
17 South Africa FW Tumi Ngwepe
18 South Africa MF Ombreto Gxabuza
19 South Africa MF Carlo Gie
20 South Africa MF Zane Mahlangu
21 South Africa DF Ntokozo Ntetha
No. Position Player
22 South Africa MF Matsilele Sono
23 South Africa MF Mpumelelo Zondi
24 South Africa FW Xolani Mpontshane
25 Nigeria DF Stanley Umukoro
26 South Africa DF Sifiso Nkosi
27 Zimbabwe FW Charlton Mashumba
28 Russia DF Grigori Grishin
30 Nigeria FW Chibuike Ohizu
32 South Africa FW Inky Masuku
33 South Africa MF Thulani Khwinana
34 South Africa MF Seun Ledwaba
35 South Africa GK Melusi Buthelezi
36 South Africa GK Mwenya Chibwe
37 South Africa MF Letlhogonolo Kekana
38 South Africa MF Onke Moletshe
39 Nigeria MF Kizito Obi
45 South Africa MF Tebogo Mabula
50 South Africa FW Ayanda Nkosi (on loan from Orlando Pirates)

Shirt sponsor and kit manufacturer[edit]

  • Shirt sponsor: None
  • Kit manufacturer: Puma

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South Africa 1983 NPSL". RSSF. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Team Info 2018-2019". Jomo Cosmos. Retrieved 4 April 2019.

External links[edit]