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Cosmos boss Jomo Sono praises Thato Lingwati for his efforts against Kaizer Chiefs

Posted: 21 October 2015 Time: 10:04

Jomo Cosmos boss Jomo Sono says he now has nothing but respect for Thato Lingwati after the defender returned to Ezenkosi’s line-up against Kaizer Chiefs and delivered a good performance.

This comes barely a month after Sono lashed out at the 23-year-old following their 2-0 League defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns. At the time, Sono blamed the defender for Sundowns’ second goal that was scored by Keagan Dolly.

“We tell him every day but because he's big and strong, he thinks he's superman and will super fly over everyone. I mean the second goal took the steam out of us because we were coming at them and they scored a silly goal which killed us.”

Lingwati did not make the team for the next match against Maritzburg United on October 2 that Cosmos lost 2-1 in the Telkom Knockout last 16, but he was back in the line-up at right-back during Wednesday’s goalless draw against Chiefs at Olen Park Stadium in Potchefstroom.

Afterwards, Sono revealed that a meeting between the pair played a vital role in Lingwati getting his confidence back.

“I thought he played well [against Chiefs]. He played very, very well and he made a big difference. He is a young kid, I sat down with him and I explained to him that he made mistakes in the past games because he’s too anxious. I said to him that just play like an old man; keep it simple,” Sono says.

Lingwati previously played in central defence before the switch to right-back against Chiefs, but Sono says that had nothing to do with the player’s past defensive errors.

“He is a utility player; he can play at right-back, central defence and even in central midfield. He did well against Chiefs and I must give him that respect. The whole back four did well,” he adds.

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Catch the in-depth interview with Jomo Sono, who reveals his thoughts on Cosmos' return to South Africa's top-flight, in the November edition of KICK OFF Magazine - on shelves in major cities on Friday, and countrywide on Monday!

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