South African legend Jomo Sono will launch the first of the nine planned national Jomo Sono Football Schools at Thulamahashe in Limpopo on Saturday.
The Jomo Cosmos owner-coach, known for his eye of spotting football talent, told City Press that the initiative is to keep his player scouting legacy alive.
“We came up with this idea to ensure that we don’t miss out on talented players. We always have a big number of players coming to trials at Jomo Cosmos and in an environment like mass trials, you are bound to miss out on talent,” said Sono, without giving full details ahead of the official launch.
“The project is going to be national. So it’s going to be one school per province. We start in Limpopo.”
Sono said he was looking forward to the start of the new GladAfrica Championship campaign after Ezenkosi survived relegation last season.
Cosmos escaped demotion by a point and Sono said the new season presents everyone with a chance to start afresh.
His club, however, will wait until Tuesday before their opening league game against newcomers Sekhukhune United.
This because newly promoted sides, Pretoria Callies and Mbizana Pondo Chiefs, were afforded a breather having only completed the national play-offs a week ago.
The GladAfrica Championship kicks off on Friday with the revived Cape Town Spurs hosting Polokwane City in the Mother City.
Other new names making their debuts in the race for R3 million grand prize are Sekhukhune United and Royal AM, who face-off at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa, on Saturday afternoon.
Cape Town Spurs vs Polokwane City (Cape Town Stadium)
Cape Town All Stars vs JDR Stars (Parow Park Stadium)
Free State Stars vs Uthongathi FC (Goble Park Stadium)
Sekhukhune United vs Royal AM (Makhulong Stadium)
TS Sporting vs Cape United (Kabokweni Stadium)
Pretoria University vs Richards Bay (Tuks Stadium)
- All matches kick-off at 3.30pm and spectators are still not allowed due to government’s Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions.