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Jomo Sono says he will not quit Jomo Cosmos until he dies

Posted: 28 January 2018 Time: 19:00

Jomo Cosmos boss Jomo Sono says he will continue leading his club until he dies, while hitting out at those judging the running of his side from the outside.

In an exclusive face-to-face interview with KICK OFF Magazine, Sono has lambasted so-called "experts" criticising the way Cosmos is being run.

Ezenkosi is in its 35th year of existence this year, with many feeling the club boss and head coach's passion is starting to fade, given their constant oscillation between the Absa Premiership and National First Division.

Cosmos have not been able to maintain their top flight status since the 2006/07 and 2007/08 campaigns, and have only won promotion once in the past six seasons, prompting suggestions that perhaps it is time for Sono to step aside.

However, the former Orlando Pirates striker insists he remains committed to the cause of returning the club to its former glory, and will not be persuaded otherwise by any "idiot".

"Until God calls me and sends me six feet under the ground, only then will I stop," Sono says in the February edition – on sale now.

"There is no idiot that will tell me when to stop because the same idiot never told me to start. Which idiot told me to start in football?

"So, why do you then want to tell me to stop? Who are you? When I started playing football, I was the one who decided that. When I started coaching, I was the one who decided.

"When I want to stop, I won't be told to do so by any journalist. Who tells the journalists when to stop writing."

The 63-year-old tactician adds that judgement in South Africa from so-called "experts" are passed down too easily in modern times, without facts.

"The problem we have in this country is that sports-loving people are too judgemental and there are too many experts in football.

"Yet all these experts have never even coached a dog how to pee. I don't mind opinions, but don't be judgemental when you don't know what those people are going through ... The passion is still the same with me."

Read the full, uncensored interview, in which the outspoken Sono reveals the realities of football in South Africa, in the latest KICK OFF – in stores now! Or download a digital copy here!

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