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Jomo Sono confident not being docked points for fielding Thabo Modiba

Posted: 12 May 2016 Time: 16:26

Jomo Cosmos boss Jomo Sono is confident the club will not be docked points for fielding an ineligible player, and explains his side of the story.

Sono has received an affidavit regarding the issue of his goalkeeper Thabo Modiba, who is the centre of attention after he played two matches – allegedly without the proper ITC from a Namibian club he previously played for.

However, Sono says he signed the player from Limpopo side Dolphins FC and therefore all the proper registration documents were in order.

Sono says Maritzburg United are feeling the pinch and he is confident he has no case to answer.

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“Any person who is dying will always shout loud, shout help to anybody, even if he is not Christian he will say 'God help me’,” says Sono.

“Sometimes you forget and to say 'devil help me' so they are shouting at the devils for now. The matter is before the court of law. Before we played Ajax Cape Town it was all the headlines that they are going to take points from us … we know this game and it’s a mind-game trying to destroy Cosmos’ players before the Ajax game.

“They used some press guys to say 'write about this, they are going to deduct points' and they don’t know the case. The journalists say 'deduct the point' they don't know the case … unlike you, you want to know the case and I can tell the case now.

“The boy came for a trial at Cosmos and we were happy with him and we said ‘we want to sign you, which team are you playing for’ and he said ‘I’m playing for Dolphins FC’. So we phoned the chairman of Dolphins Football Club and we sat around the table and we negotiated and the chairman of Dolphins gave us the clearance.

“If you register the player from amateur level you have to get the clearance from SAFA because he is an amateur so we took the clearance and contract and everything and this is what is done by all the teams.

“We took it to SAFA and we said to SAFA we are signing this player from Dolphins … SAFA had to check to their computer if he is registered and he wasn’t registered and who gave us the clearance? It’s SAFA.

“SAFA must clear and there must be two clearances – Dolphins’ and SAFA’s – so SAFA gave us the clearance and we took two clearances to the PSL. The PSL checked if there is clearance from SAFA and if there is clearance from Dolphins and they said ‘ah’ and they registered him. Cosmos has done nothing wrong.

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“When you sign a player from lower devisions SAFA must clear it and it is them who must clear the player. This is not a murder case … it’s not about that. This is a straightforward thing, it’s registration.

“What we also did, we have an affidavit from the chairman of Dolphins to say ‘this player is my player and I never cleared to anybody’ so they gave us an affidavit and they will be a witness today.”

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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