Jomo veers into Kenyan soccer territory, may partner with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga

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Odinga (L), with Jomo Sono

Legendary former South Africa national team coach and owner of Jomo Cosmos FC, Jomo Sono, is expanding his interests to Kenya with a proposed soccer academy in the East African nation.

Sono is also looking to buy a second division club which he can develop and take up into the Kenyan Premier League.

The 62-year-old former caretaker coach of Bafana Bafana was in Nairobi late last month where he met with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who invited Sono to Kenya after the two had met in South Africa.

Odinga said he believes that inadequate investment and sub-standard developmental programs were amongst the reasons Africa failed to see a team into the knockout phase of the World Cup.

He called on the Kenyan government for assistance, while also encouraging the education department to better promote the game at primary school level.

As a spotter and developer of raw potential, Sono has few peers and he has played his part in unearthing a long list of players who have gone on to become household names in international football, such as Phil Masinga, Helman Mkhalele, MacBeth Sibaya, Katlego Mphela, Mark Fish, Morgan Gould and Reneilwe Letsholonyane amongst many others.

Source: African News Agency (ANA)
Additional reporting: Mark Ogagan

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