Legend Jomo Sono to receive honorary doctorate awards

Sono is to be conferred with honorary doctorate awards by two leading universities.

Jomo Sono. Picture: Jomo Cosmos Facebook page.

CAPE TOWN – Former South Africa World Cup coach Jomo Sono has one more achievement to add to his list.

Sono is to be conferred with honorary doctorate awards by two leading universities, the University of London and the University of Dubai, on Thursday, the Jomo Cosmos Media Department said in a statement.

The event is in recognition of Sono’s monumental achievements as a renowned former soccer player, business magnate and soccer tactician.

From playing for Orlando Pirates, where he remains a legend to this day, to stints overseas, Sono is arguably one of the best from the shores of South Africa.

His career spanned almost two decades, culminating in several outstanding awards for the gifted player, talent scout, seasoned coach and business mogul.

Sono owns and tinkers leading South African soccer team, Jomo Cosmos FC, and is currently the longest serving coach in South African domestic football.

After his soccer career in the USA ended, Sono returned to South Africa where he purchased the Highlands Park club in Johannesburg in 1982, renaming it Jomo Cosmos in honour of his old team.

Under his ownership, the club went on to achieve several successes, winning the National Soccer League in 1987, the Bobsave Super Bowl in 1990, the Cola Cola Cup in 2002 and 2005, and the Super Eight trophy in 2003.

Jomo Cosmos has also consistently finished among the top teams in the South African Premier Soccer League.

Sono has also taken a leading role in discovering and developing new football talent, especially from rural areas.

Some of the players recruited by him went on to play for the South African national team and European clubs include Philemon Masinga, Thomas Madigage, Helman Mkhalele, Sizwe Motaung, Mark Fish, Andrew Rabutla, and Nkosinathi Nhleko among others.