Birds’ Cohen takes after his ‘great’ dad

2013-04-14 14:00

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Over the years, the Absa Premiership has been blessed with players who have followed in the footsteps of their legendary fathers.

Larry Cohen has added to this burgeoning father/son football relationship.

The son of ex-Highlands Park superstar Martin Cohen, he joined Moroka Swallows with the hope of helping the Birds improve their current log position – and thus far he has achieved that.

Swallows are still to lose when the much-travelled defender is playing and the ­ 25-year-old aims to keep it that way.

He has already featured six times for the club he joined when it was languishing at the bottom of the log.

The Birds are currently in seventh position, but Cohen says there is still a way to go before they can safely say their place in the Absa Premiership is guaranteed.

Not one to take the glory, Cohen has attributed his good showing to his defensive partner Roger da Costa and the entire Swallows team.

“It has been a team effort as I could not have done it alone. Credit should go to everyone in the team because they have all contributed to be where we are,” said the modest Cohen.

Before he flew into the Birds’ aviary, Swallows were porous at the back but his arrival in February has since stabilised the team.

Not much was known before he joined Swallows from Chippa United, after he was released following the sacking of coach Farouk Abraham.

The former Witbank Spurs and Mpumalanga Black Aces player said he was not looking back.

“I have been working hard and it shows that perseverance pays off. It has been a tough journey for me but I want to grab this opportunity.”

He admitted he had never seen his father play but said he would be happy if he could be half of what he is told his father was during his playing days.

He said Cohen senior, who also played in the US for Los Angels Aztecs, has been influential in his career.

“My dad is my hero,” he said.

But he was quick to say his father did not force him to take up the sport.

“It was an instant decision. But my father has guided me in the right direction although it has always been my choice to play football.”

He said he wanted to build his own legacy and believed that Swallows was the right club for him to achieve this.

“I’ am under no pressure to emulate my dad. I am a different player to him. I don’t think Messi is as great as Maradona because they played in different times and the same applies to me.”

When he is not on the field, he helps in his father’s businesses around Joburg.

His father is the owner of Jack’s Paint.

» Other players who have taken over where their fathers left off are Kaizer Motaung Motaung’s son, Kaizer junior, who plays for Kaizer Chiefs and Bamuza Sono (Jomo Cosmos boss Jomo Sono’s son), Bradley Grobler (Platinum Stars, who is the son of Les Grobler), former Golden Arrows defender Siphiwe Mkhonza, the son of Banyana Banyana coach Joseph. United FC also have ex-Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Isaac Shai’s son Siyabulela Shai.

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