By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
JOMO Cosmos have shown their determination to compete in the Absa Premiership after they signed six players.
Speaking to Sports Focus in a press conference earlier this week where he paraded five new signees who were mainly signed from the Nationa First Division, Cosmos owner coach, Jomo Sono said relegation will be the thing of the past as they are going to compete come 2011/12 season.
“I know that most of the clubs, especially in our first league matches will be looking forward to play against the team which they saw during the play-off, and they will be disappointed because we will caught them off-guard and they will not know what hit them come the opening league matches,” said Sono who goes by the nickname of Black Prince.
Among the new signees include Moroka Swallows defender, Phaladi Kobola, striker Siyabonga Nontshinga (from Bay United) and three midfielders in Solomon Hlahane (Sasolburg Juventus), McDonald Nhlapo (United FC), Phetego Maebela (Pretoria University) , Alois Ngwerume (Swallows) and Tsietsi Mkhwanazi (African Warriors).
Sono also confirmed that some players will be released from the club to make ways for the newly signed.
“We will soon be having a meeting to decide who goes and who remains, and apart from that we will also be unveiling four more players from outside South Africa,” confirmed Sono who added that two of those foreign players are from Ethiopia, one from Niger with the other coming from Ivory Coast.
Cosmos play their first league match at home against Kaizer Chiefs on the weekend on Auguts 12-14 (exact date still to be decided). Their second match will be away to Mamelodi Sundowns.
“We are taking that match to Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit because our home base, Makhulong in Thembisa is too small for this kind of the match,” pointed out Sono.
Asked if they will consider Mbombela as their alternative venue, Sono said a BIG yes: “And we will soon be opening a new permanent office for Cosmos there so as to run our affairs while mobilizing support for the club in that province.”
Before the league kick-off, Sono has confirmed that they will be playing a number of friendly matches with the first one against the newly promoted NFD side, Sevutsa FC in Nelspruit on July 23.
“After this match we will be heading for Swaziland where we will play in a one day tournament on July 24 involving us, Mamelodi Sundowns and two local clubs from that country,” said Sono.