Striker told to focus on helping Cosmos gain promotion

Forget about Golden Boot, Sono tells Sekola

05 March 2021 - 09:19
By Sihle Ndebele
 Moeketsi Sekola of the Real Kings and Tauriq Dien of Cape Umoya United FC during the GladAfrica Championship match between Cape Umoya United and Real Kings at Athlone Stadium on December 20, 2019 in Cape Town.
Image: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images Moeketsi Sekola of the Real Kings and Tauriq Dien of Cape Umoya United FC during the GladAfrica Championship match between Cape Umoya United and Real Kings at Athlone Stadium on December 20, 2019 in Cape Town.

Jomo Cosmos owner-coach Jomo Sono has urged his charge, Moeketsi Sekola, who’s currently the GladAfrica Championship top-scorer, to focus more on the team’s collective target of gaining promotion rather than thinking about winning the Golden Boot.

Sekola is at the summit of the second tier’s scoring charts with eight goals. The Botshabelo-born, Free State, striker has featured in all Ezenkosi’s 15 league outings so far. 

“How many goals has he [Sekola] scored? I don’t even count… I am only focused on seeing Cosmos winning. He must not think about winning the Golden Boot. I think his wish isn’t to win the Golden Boot…at his age [32] his wish must be to see the club winning promotion,’’ Sono told Sowetan.

“How will the Golden Boot help me when we’re still in the NFD? The boy has done very well for us. I hope he continues to help us with those goals. His experience is showing.’’

The 65-year-old Ezenkosi supremo also shed some light on why he always gives Premiership rejects a second chance to revive their careers in the second tier.

Former Orlando Pirates defender Ayanda Gcaba, Khethukuthula Zwane, formerly of Pretoria University, and ex-Highlands Park midfielder Ricardo Versuur, are among a number of erstwhile top-flight stars who’ve found home at Ezenkosi this term.

“I don’t necessarily look at the age or the history of a player. If a player is doing well I play him. For me it’s about talent and determination, that’s all. Gcaba is giving us what we want from him. He’s been solid at the back,’’ Sono stated.

Sono emphasised his argument that he looks more at talent than age by saying he even boasts a number of players who are under the age of 20 at his team. 18-year-old Siyabonga Nkosi (not to be confused with retired Kaizer Chiefs midfielder) is one of the youngest Cosmos players this season.

“We have a lot of under-20 boys in the team, that shows we prioritise talent not age,’’ Sono argued.

Fixtures (all at 3.30pm)

Today: Umoya v Uthongathi, Parow Park Stadium.

Tomorrow: Pondo Chiefs v Bay, King Zwelithini Stadium; Polokwane v AmaTuks, Peter Mokaba Stadium; Cosmos v Sporting, Tsakane Stadium; JDR v All Stars, Giant Stadium.

Sunday: Spurs v Steenberg, Cape Town Stadium; Callies v Royal, Lucas Moripe Stadium; Sekhukhune v FS Stars, Makhulong Stadium.