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; 35 years ago (1983-01-29)
Ground Makhulong Stadium, Tembisa
Capacity 10,000
Chairman Jomo Sono
Coach Crisp
League ASBA Premiership
2015–16 NFD

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. 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.


  • 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]

First team squad[edit]

2016-17 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 Nigeria GK William Okpara
2 Burundi DF Frederic Nsabiyumva
3 South Africa MF Nhlakanipho Khumalo
4 South Africa DF Siphenathi Laqwela
4 Namibia MF Denzil Hoaseb
5 South Africa MF Ange Dahou Lebahi
6 South Africa MF Sibusiso Mdamba
7 Malawi MF Miciam Mahone
8 South Africa DF Tumisang Meshele
9 South Africa FW Amara Kone
11 South Africa MF Tebogo Tlolane
12 Burundi FW Kevin Ndayisenga
13 South Africa DF Shane Thompson
14 South Africa DF Sipho Mngomezulu
15 South Africa MF Karabo Mkabela
16 Senegal MF El-Hadji Abdou Samb
17 South Africa FW Sdumo Lifa Hlongwane
18 South Africa MF Tebogo Makobela
19 South Africa MF Thato Sithole
21 South Africa DF Thabo Ralebakeng
22 South Africa MF Matsilele Junior Sono
24 South Africa MF Xola Mosiea
25 South Africa DF Mpho Rasilingwane
26 South Africa FW Nkanyiso Madonsela
27 Ivory Coast FW Brice Aka
28 South Africa MF Mtokozisi Msomi
29 Nigeria FW Franklin Ogbonna
31 South Africa MF Sandile Tati
32 South Africa MF Njabulo Qwabe
33 Namibia DF Ananias Gebhardt
35 Namibia FW Hendrik Somaeb
44 South Africa DF Khanyisani Sithole
47 South Africa MF Pako John Mahaabo
50 South Africa DF Thabang Mokoena
86 South Africa MF Wiseman Maluleke
92 South Africa GK Thabo Davies Modiba
64 South Africa GK Clement Ramakgasha
South Africa MF Tebogo Moerane (On loan from Amazulu)
South Africa MF Nkayiso Zungu (On loan from Amazulu)

Shirt sponsor and kit manufacturer[edit]

  • Shirt sponsor: None
  • Kit manufacturer: Puma


  1. ^ "South Africa 1983 NPSL". RSSF. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Jomo Cosmos unveil squad for season 2016-2017 – Jomo Cosmos". Retrieved 12 April 2018. 

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