China-bound: Ezenkosi’s Under13 kids captured in a group picture before their departure.
Jomo Cosmos Academy Under13 kids will be participating in the Gothia Cup youth tournament in the city of Shenyangm, China, starting on Monday.
A team of 18 players and four officials traveled to the far-east nation last Friday ahead of their first Group B fixture against China’s Shen Rui Academy on Monday.
Sponsored by Blue Label Telecoms, the Ezenkosi juniors will be hoping to excel and probably impress international scouts at the one-week tournament.
According to the team’s Leader of Delegation, Mr. Kagiso Louis Masango, Cosmos Under13 will play against two Chinese sides in the group namely XinAn Pearl Academy, and Shen Rui as well as Xinzgu Soccer School from Chinese Taipei.
Shenyang is the largest city in northeastern China with over eight million inhabitants. The city profiles itself as China’s football capital and welcomes the Gothia Cup China with open arms.
The Opening ceremony will be at the Crystal Crown Arena, with capacity for about 60,000 people. The arena was first used for the football tournament at the Olympics in Beijing.
In terms of rewards for team and individual performances, each player will receive a diploma. For teams reaching the finals, each player will receive a medal, and the teams the specially designed Gothia Cup trophy.
For teams reaching the finals in the B play-off there will be medals and a trophy. The two loosing teams in the A play-off semi final will receive a third place trophy and bronze medals during halftime of the final in their class.
The tournament ends on August 19, 2017.
GROUP B FIXTURES
14-08-17 Jomo Cosmos vs Shen Rui
14-08-17 Xinzgu Soccer School vs XinAn Pearl
15-08-17 XinAn Pearl vs Jomo Cosmos
15-08-17 Shen Rui vs Xinzgu Soccer School
16-08-17 Jomo Cosmos vs Xinzgu Soccer School
16-08-17 XinAn Pearl vs Shen Rui
LIST OF JOMO COSMOS PLAYERS FOR GOTHIA CUP
Tamsanqa Joseph Khoboka
Phenyo Ashley Mosweu
Tshwanelo Vuyani Seiphetlho
Kaelo Kgositsile Tiyani Sono
Tristen Leshan Morris
Keegan Francois Rea
Tristan Dwight Pelser
Heaven Prince Juuous Sereetsi
Kamogelo Remmogo Malefo
Kagiso Louis Masango (Leader of Delegation/Coach)
Cecil Roy Morris (Leader)
Lehlohonolo Isaac Moeketsi (Coach)
Gae Tsagae (Supporter)
Katlego Ofentse Tlhabanelo (Supporter)