HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOMO COSMOS FOOTBALL CLUB

Cosmos' celebrate with the trophy  03 December 2005, Jomo Cosmos 1 Supersport 1 (Cosmos win 4-2 on pen), Coca-Cola Cup Final, Peeeter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane, South Africa ©Backpagepix

Ezenkosi supporters, management, staff, players, stakeholders  and the South African soccer fraternity felicitate with Jomo Cosmos as the club turns 34 today.

The club was founded on January 30, 1983 by legendary former New York Cosmos star, Ephraim Matsilele “Jomo” Sono, who purchased the then well-known and successful Highlands Park FC and renamed it Jomo Cosmos FC.

Sono opted to buy the team after enjoying a highly successful career overseas where he played for famous clubs like Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, Canada’s Toronto Blizzard and American crowd-pullers New York Cosmos.

Jomo Cosmos was initially named Dion Cosmos in its first season, with the first part of the name representing the previous sponsor of Highlands Park, and the second part being the fingerprint of Jomo Sono, who decided to name his newly bought club after his former NASL outfit, the New York Cosmos.

Since 1984, the name of the club has remained Jomo Cosmos FC, and with it has come a mixture of success in terms of laurels won as well as the production of talent for local and overseas market.

Jomo Sono’s motive for INVESTING in soccer has always been to recognize and build raw talent, and over the years his team has accentuated and developed a strong youth policy that has made Cosmos one of the leading brands in South African football.

Apart from his numerous achievements as a coach of international repute, Jomo has built a strong legacy within and outside the shores of South Africa, and is renowned for discovering and developing some of the finest talent to have played in the local league, for South Africa’s national teams and for clubs abroad.

Notable amongst the club’s numerous accomplishments in its 34-years history, was winning the National Soccer League title in 1987, as well as the BOB Save Super Bowl Championship in 1990.

Three years later the team reached the semi-finals of the (now rested) Africa Cup Winners Cup (also known as Mandela Cup), and were crowned Coca-Cola Cup Champions in 2002 and 2005.

Cosmos also have the honour of winning the SAA Super 8 knockout tournament in 2003, and mounted the rostrum as First Division Champions in 1994, 2009 and 2011.

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