Jomo Cosmos have announced a historic partnership with Brazilian second division side, Gremio Esportivo Mauaense.
Following the visit of officials of Gremio to South Africa last week, a press conference was held on Wednesday at the Holiday Inn in Sandton, north of Johannesburg to officially announce the relationship between the two teams.
Part of the pact involves Dr. Sono being appointed as a member of Gremio’s governing board, and the exchange of players between the teams.
Already, three Brazilian players have been training with Ezenkosi since last week, while four players from Cosmos, including the sensational 16-year old winger Zuko Gxabuza, Mpumelelo Zondi, Silas Maziya and Onke Moletshe, will be heading to Brazil in April.
Cosmos boss, Dr. E.M. Sono said the partnership will be of immense benefit to both teams in view of the abundant talent that abounds in South Africa and Brazil.
“This is a historical moment for Jomo Cosmos. Brazil is a renowned world power in the game of football, and our association with Gremio is a laudable achievement by Cosmos standards because it will help our growth as a team and open lots of opportunities for our upcoming players,” stated Sono.
President of Gremio, Mr. Marco Antonio disclosed that his team chose to do business with Cosmos because “Cosmos identifies with youth development and has produced several players of international repute.”
“We know we have chosen right by picking Cosmos, and Jomo, as we all know, has been a worthy ambassador of the game as a player and coach both at home and abroad,” he added.
Interestingly, two of Jomo Sono’s protégés, Kennedy Nagoli and Arthur Zwane played for famous Brazilian side, Santos FC in the 90s.
Making his own input, the CEO of Gremio and former Orlando Pirates striker, Pio Nogueira said the Cosmos-Gremio partnership will yield handsome dividends “because both teams have a similar philosophy of nurturing young talent.”
“Jomo is well known all over the world as a brilliant talent scout, and since we share the same vision in terms of developing raw talent, I can confidently say that this partnership will grow by leaps and bounds.
“And let me add that this is not just a partnesrship, Jomo will be sitting on the board of Gremio, and that underlines our faith in the man and his unlimited abilities,” he stressed.
Other Gremio officials present at Wednesday’s conference was the Director of Marketing, Mr. Will Viana and Mr. Bigu Chagar, the former Flamengo and Cape Town Spurs star who’s now Gremio’s Director of International Relations.