Sono touched on the art of scouting players, saying it’s a God-given talent. Throughout the years Sono has discovered the likes of the late Thomas Madigage, Phil Masinga, Andrew Rabutla, Godfrey Sapula, Aaron Mokoena and MacBeth Sibaya. Some of the foreign players Sono has brought to the country include Anthony Laffor, Christopher Katongo, Manuel ‘Tico-Tico’ Bucuane and Benjani Mwaruwari.
“Scouting is a gift from God. I did not go to school for it. You can even check the SAFA courses, there’s no course for scouting. It’s either you have it or you don’t have it, that’s the bottom line. I have been very fortunate because God has given me that talent. I did it even when I was playing for Pirates. I used to scout for Pirates. Most of the players during that time, I was the one bringing them to Pirates,” Sono said.
“I just go to the game and watch and I see the players. Sometimes coaches see different to what I see. I mean when I went to scout Masinga, he was very skinny and he could not run properly like a sports person. When I said ‘I want this young boy’, people in that area said I am crazy. But I knew what I wanted, because it’s something which is in me. The rest about ‘Chippa’ [Masinga] is history, the rest about Helman Mkhalele is history. In 1996, the country had 13 players from Jomo Cosmos, which I scouted. At the 2002 World Cup we still had a lot of players from Cosmos. As we speak, tell me which PSL team does not have a player from Cosmos? Any team you name there are players from Cosmos.”
Some players who left Cosmos to play in the PSL in recent times are Orlando Pirates’ Linda Mntambo, Mxolisi Macuphu of Bidvest Wits and Chippa United’s Tebogo Tlolane.