local soccer 3.8.2013 12:00 pm

Jomo not a jolly good fella

JOMO SONO.<br />Picture: Backpagepix

JOMO SONO.
Picture: Backpagepix

Jomo Sono is not a happy man. The Jomo Cosmos boss is worried that the perpetual problems in the National First Division will surface again.

Sono blasted the PSL for not giving the sides newly-promoted to the PSL and the NFD enough rest. Polokwane City, who won automatic promotion, and Mpumalanga Black Aces who conquered the relegation/promotion play-offs, will both play in the PSL. Baroka FC and Maluti FET College will play in the First Division.

Sono is also concerned about the fitness levels of the players and that they should have been given enough time to rest ahead of their busy schedules.

“They haven’t had a rest,” said Sono. “And they are playing just two weeks after the play-off games. To prepare a team for pre-season training it takes you at least six weeks and they haven’t had that chance.

“These poor guys are just going into the deep end and it’s not their doing. I don’t think this is fair to them. The body of a footballer needs to rest and to be recharged. If I had Maluti or Baroka for the first two games, I would be happy.”

The race for NFD clubs to get a spot in the Premiership next season will be much more intense this time around. Chippa United got a taste of playing in the top tier last season and after the Chilli Boy’s boss relinquished his CEO position, the Cape side look forward to making a comeback.

Thanda Royal Zulu are another team to look out for. Thanda knocked at the door of the PSL last season after taking the league to court, but they were denied entry and they will be trying to do it the legitimate way; by winning their games.

Sono added that the problems in the lower league are escalated by the fact that teams want to win at all costs and that the PSL must allow the NFD league games to continue even during international break.

“We don’t have international players,” said Sono. “So, let us play so that we can save these weekends for problems in future because NFD and the Vodacom league always have problems at the end of the year and you can’t stop them, it has been on-going for a long time now.

“The problem is all about winning, the ones, the coaches want to win so bad. The coaches are under tremendous pressure to win at all cost and unfortunately only one will survive.

Sometimes we wish that some of the teams who are in the PSL could be relegated and come down there so that they understand what is happening.”

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