Cosmos-Gremio partnership: Zondi, Moletshe, Maziya and Gxabuza land in Brazil

Jomo Sono and Morio Antonio Capuano (president of Gremio Football Club in Brazil) flanked by Cosmos' four under-17 players who have been singed by Capuano. PHOTO: Mark Ogagan

Four Jomo Cosmos players left for Brazil last Friday to join second division side Gremio Esportivo Mauaense.

Sensational 16-year-old winger Zuko Gxabuza and three senior team players – Mpumelelo Zondi, Silas Maziya and Onke Moletshe – will join Gremio as part of the programme of exchanging players between the two clubs.

The partnership was announced following a visit of officials of Gremio to South Africa in March, where Jomo Sono was appointed a member of the Brazilian club’s governing body.

Three players from Brazil have been training with Ezenkosi for five weeks now.

“Ja it’s the same players that were mentioned last time,” Cosmos media officer Mark Ogagan told KickOff.com.

“Three of them are in the first team with the exception of the 16-year-old who is playing for the academy. They are going to Brazil, they are going to Gremio. It’s like an exchange between the two teams.

“I don’t know what’s gonna happen maybe those boys will be sold from that side, because those Brazilians [who are training with Cosmos] have been here for like two months now, so I don’t really know. But I think they will be there for some time.”

Asked if there were any plans to see the Brazilians in Cosmos colours anytime soon, Ogagan was unsure.

“I don’t know because the foreign quota is five for a team each season. So now we have eight foreigners in the team. It means we have to release someone to accommodate the Brazilians,” he explained.

Cosmos owner and coach Sono confirmed that the four players departed for Brazil this afternoon.

“I know that in South Africa it’s supposed to be certain people [bigger clubs] who are doing things right, good things,” Sono added. “The four players have left for Brazil.”

Story: Kick-Off

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