Ephraim Matsilela Sono
(affectionately known as Jomo Sono
and sometimes also called the "Black Prince of South African Soccer" and "Bra J" "Mjomana" ) (17 July 1955 – ) is a South African soccer
club owner and coach and was also a star soccer player.
Early life and soccer player
Sono was born in the township of Orlando East in Soweto
, near Johannesburg
. When he was eight years old his father Eric "Scara" Bhamuza Sono
, who was a midfielder
for the Orlando Pirates
football team in the early 1960s, died as a result of a car crash. Soon after, his mother abandoned him. Consequently, Sono was left in the care of his ailing grandparents; as they were very poor, he had to resort to selling apples and peanuts at soccer games and train stations in order to clothe himself, buy food for his grandparents and pay school fees.
Sono’s soccer career had an unusual beginning; during a match that he attended one of the Orlando Pirates’ regular players was absent and Sono was requested to stand in for him. He soon gained fame for his all-round ability, dribbling and accurate passing skills. It was during this time that he was given the nickname of Jomo
(which means "burning spear") by an Orlando Pirates fan, who saw in him the same leadership qualities as those of Jomo Kenyatta
, the then president of Kenya
After he had accomplished everything that he set out to do at Orlando Pirates, Sono... Read More