Former Jomo Cosmos striker Christopher Katongo says Jomo Sono is a businessman
Posted: 17 January 2018 Time: 19:00
Former Jomo Cosmos striker Christopher Katongo believes the club could have won the league title had they not sold some of their stars, but accepts Jomo Sono is a businessman.
Ezenkosi owner Sono has discovered and produced some of the country’s top talent over the years and he has never been afraid to sell his stars to European clubs or to some of the country’s big guns.
Just recently he sold captain Linda Mntambo and Mxolisi Macuphu to PSL side Chippa United, despite the fact that Ezenkosi are fighting to win promotion to the topflight. These are players you'd expect any coach to hold on to during a crucial time in the season, but Sono let them go.
Ezenkosi are currently in second place on the National First Division table after 17 matches, just five points behind leaders Highlands Park.
Katongo, who is now an assistant coach at Zambian side Green Buffaloes, says Sono will always release his best players. Players such as Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Morgan Gould, Dikgang Mabalane and Thapelo Tshilo were sold by Sono.
“You know Jomo, everybody knows this legend. He is my father,” he says.
“Jomo is a businessman. He can have six good players, he is going to sell them. He does not care if he goes to division one or two. He wants to produce players and he is continuing to produce players. That’s how he is.
“When I was at home in Zambian I was thinking if Jomo could have kept most of the players he sold, I think we could have won PSL two or three times. But because he is on another level you don’t see, that’s why we differ. Me I know him, he’s my father.”
Katongo says he could have joined either Kaizer Chiefs or Mamelodi Sundowns during his time in the PSL, but Sono wanted to sell him to a club abroad.
“I was supposed to go to Chiefs. There was a call also from Sundowns, but Jomo was refusing. He was saying he is going to sell me to a European team.”