Coaching not for Jomo

2011-11-12 07:35

Ephraim Jomo Sono must be one of the gravely worried South African top-flight football bosses, following his team’s tendency of blowing hot and cold and being a perennial number one contender for Premier Soccer League (PSL) relegation.

I mean, most of his contemporaries, like Irvin Khoza, Shakes Mashaba and Kaizer Motaung are football bosses in their own right doing far better than what he has managed to achieve at Ezenkosi.

You see, the issue here is not that the Black Prince of African Footbal is incapable or clueless when it comes to knowledge of his craft – football – but that he seems to have hired the wrong coach for Cosmos – his brainchild and one of the teams with an illustrious history that bears the proud trademark of Mzantsi football.

If Sono steps down as coach, it would also work to his favour as he’d have more time managing and positioning Cosmos for success from a business point of view.

When soccer teams, big or small, experience a decline in performance and results seem to not be going their way, the logical thing is always to fire the head coach and get someone who would turn the situation around, but at Cosmos that does not seem to be the option.

Kaizer Chiefs has done it with Muhsin Ertugral, Paul Dolezar and many others and Orlando Pirates had a fair share of their coach axing tirades, with Costa Papic, Victor Bondarenko, Gordon Igesund, Micho Milutin Sredojevic and treble winner Ruud Krol who was controversially red-carded even after bringing huge success to the team.

Maybe it is about time that Jomo fires the coach too.

He should consider this if his team harbours any prospects of continuing to enjoy the R1 million-a-month stipend plus a further R2 million rand ex-gratia payment from the cash-spinning PSL.

Failure to do that would likely result in Cosmos facing the wrath of the vicious axe that had hacked Ezenkosi thrice already. Jomo has been through that path and should know the difficulty and heart-ache that follows relegation.

Jomo knows quite well that relegation from the PSL means he’d have to do with the measly R150 000 per month plus a further mercy payment of R300 000 that the league offers to its 16 unfortunate National Football Division campaigners.

All these are reasons why there is an obvious need for a complete overhaul of how the coaching job at South African football’s once promising talent pool is managed.

Jomo has proven his worth as a talent scout by discovering some of the best players the country has ever produced.

Some of these players – Pitso Mosimane, Mark Fish, Philemon Masinga, Helman Mkhalele and Aaron Mokoena – have gone on to ply their trades in top football leagues across the world.

Jomo can continue scouting for new talent with Cosmos’ new coach but should stay away from the hot-seat.

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