Matsi poised to build on first round showing

Matsilele Sono Junior of Jomo Cosmos  challenges for the ball with Gladwin Shitolo of Golden Arrows during the Absa Premiership match between Jomo Cosmos  and Golden Arrows   on 23 August 2015 at Olen Park Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Matsilele Sono Junior has said he intends to build on a subdued first round showing and show his true potential for Ezenkosi when the league resumes in February.

The 24-year-old hugged headlines in a sheer moment of brilliance following his stunning solo goal that buried Witbank Spurs in an NFD game in Potchefstroom back in October.

The game looked to be heading for a stalemate when the attacking midfielder was introduced in place of Nkanyiso Madonsela, and he made instant impact after collecting a pass from Tebogo Tlolane. He dribbled past two defenders, rounded the onrushing keeper, and slotted the ball home.

It was a morale-boosting victory for Jomo Sono’s men following uninspiring results against Cape Town All-Stars and Stellenbosch in the previous week.

“For me it’s was a nice feeling scoring that crucial goal,” Matsi recalled, “But that’s not enough. I want to make a huge difference as the season progresses.

Unfortunately though, Matsi, the second son of Cosmos owner Dr. E.M. Sono, has since been slowed down by injuries, which culminated in limited appearances for the team at the end of the opening half of the season.

“There’s a huge difference between training and playing matches; I have not been lucky when it comes to injuries, and It’s unfortunate that I’ve been going through fitness struggles, but that’s football. Hopefully with better fitness levels and more game time I can achieve my personal objectives and contribute to the team’s success,” he stressed.

According to him, being the son of Dr. Sono brings no added pressure, contrary to what is perceived by some.

“I feel no pressure, rather he gives me the motivation to do better. Not that I aim to equal or surpass his achievements, but I want to get into my own comfort zone, and try to focus on my game,” he asserted.

With Ezenkosi’s next league game coming up against Mthatha Bucks in less than three weeks away, Matsi remains upbeat about making a turnaround.

“I’m working hard towards regaining match confidence when the season resumes, create more chances and probably score more goals and get my groove back. In other words, I hope to do better going forward,” said Sono Junior, a product of Jomo Cosmos Academy.

-Mark Ogagan

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