Rhulani backs Cosmos for promotion

Cosmos ended third on the First Division log this past season and thus stand on course for a return to the topflight via the play-offs following a two-season absence.

Disregarding the fact that club boss Jomo Sono is his relative, Mokwena holds a strong belief that history could repeat itself in the three-team mini-league also involving Black Leopards and Platinum Stars.

“First, history always dictates that what happens in the future is always a reflection of what has happened in the past,” said Mokwena.

“I want to say that I know, personally, that Cosmos have always been promoted whenever they were involved in the play-offs – firstly.”

The budding tactician further reserved praise for Sono’s perseverance and longevity in the game, despite the constant flak he receives from football fans over his doubling-up as owner and coach.

“Second – not because he is my uncle but I really need to commend ‘Bra J’ on the work he’s done at Cosmos, it’s unbelievable,” added the former Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach.

“I think, apart from the pressure that has been mounted on him – people consistently saying his milk is expired and his coaching date has lapsed – he’s consistently maintained Cosmos as a competitive team.

“Moreover, with the season that he’s had this season being in the top three, he lost very influential players – the centre-back [Frederic Nsabiyumva], ‘Figo’ [Linda Mntambo], the striker [Mxolisi] Macuphu – in a critical phase of the season [January transfer window].

“He could not resist [selling] because he had a lot of pressure and he knows why he had to sell them. But when you sell those players within your spine and accumulate injuries, and continuously come back and be competitive and finish in the top three, he deserves kudos.

“He inspires me a lot – his never-say-die attitude and perseverance, and his passion for the game is on another level.”