Jomo Cosmos signed up two Nigerian players during the week, as preparations got into top gear ahead of the new season.
Goalkeeper Willy Tochukwu Okpara Junior, and Franklin Ogbonna, an attacking midfielder, will be hoping to prove their mettle for Ezenkosi as the team targets automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Cosmos Team Manager, Bamuza Sono, who confirmed this development on Wednesday after both players had penned a two-year deal, said club boss Jomo Sono and the technical crew were satisfied with the quality displayed by both youngsters following weeks of assessment.
“The boys have been training with us for a while now, and obviously we are impressed with their overall performances, hence the decision to offer them contracts.
“We have seen the potential in Willy. He is young, enterprising and promising, and we believe he’ll be a good back up for Thabo Modiba, who, unfortunately, will be missing the first nine games of the season due to suspension.
“Ogbonna, on his part, has lots of pace, power and guile, and his creativity upfront could make a world of difference if given the chance.
“In summary, I think the boys will fit into our system of play as the season gets underway,” Bamuza added.
Willy Jnr, who turned 21 in April, is the first son of former Orlando Pirates shot-stopper and Nigeria ex-international, Williams Okpara.
He spent last season at Moroka Swallows where he was second choice to Aubrey Mothiba.
Ogbonna was formerly in the books of Chelsea Academy in England.
A top club source remarked that it’s an advantage for Willy joining the team because he qualifies as a local, having lived and schooled in South Africa since birth.
The league allows each team to register a maximum of five foreigners per season.
The latest acquisition brings to seven, the total number of new players signed up by Jomo Cosmos for the new NFD season, which kicks off on August 28.