Gothia Cup China was a turning point for Cosmos kids, coach Masango reflects

Kagiso Masango

Head Coach of Jomo Cosmos Under13 team to the recent Gothia Cup in China, Kagiso Louis Masango, has stressed the significance of attending such international competitions for the purpose of exposure.

Masango, who doubled as Leader of Delegation, said he was satisfied with the standard of the tournament in spite of his team crashing out at the quarterfinal stage.

“We were quite satisfied with the standard of the tournament because it was so well organized. We had a very warm welcome, and our female translator (Coco) made it easy for us moving around the city,” he reflected.

He spelt out the need to attend more international youth competitions, as it exposes the kids to other football cultures around the world.

“We need to strengthen our developmental structures by attending tournaments of this nature in future, and this would help build their technique and ability to adapt to different cultures of football,” he said.

He gave kudos to the team for doing exceptionally well in the group stages in China, winning three out of three despite playing on astro turf for the first time.

Masango further disclosed that in the near future, three Cosmos players will be invited by Spartak Academy of Uzbekistan for individual assessment and to kick-start an exchange programme between both teams.

He thanked Blue Label Telecoms and the company’s Director, Brett Levy for supporting Jomo Cosmos’ trip to China, and he also gave special mention to some of the parents like Cecil Morris, Mr. Barashi, Mrs. Pelser, and Mr. Scott for their financial and moral support; also Cosmos Academy coaches Antonio Trigo, Patrick Tshisikhawe and Lucas Brown, and last but not the least, Cosmos owner Dr. E.M. ‘Jomo’ Sono for the opportunity.

It was the first time Cosmos participated at the Gothia Cup China. The other South African team at the tournament was FootballAcademy Plus, which also reached the last eight in Under12 division.

The Cosmos entourage returned home last Monday after a week out in the far East nation

-Mark Ogagan


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