Jomo Sono, whose real name is Ephraim Matsilele Sono is a retired professional football player from South Africa who has transitioned into a football coach and club owner. He has garnered various nicknames throughout his career due to his exceptional talent and widespread fame, including “Black Prince Of South African Soccer,” “Bra J,” and “Mjomana.”
Jomo Sono was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 17, 1955. He will mark his 68th birthday in July 2023.
Jomo Sono encountered his soulmate, Gail Sono, numerous years in the past. They entered the bond of matrimony in 1979 and were blessed with a quartet of offspring. It is said that their nuptials coincided with a match between South African Orlando Pirates and Highlands Park. With the consent of his father-in-law, the football luminary momentarily departed from his wedding ceremony to partake in the game.
Jomo Sono engaged in the trade of vending apples and peanuts at a stadium, supporting not only himself but also his grandparents. On a fateful day, during a match, one of the regular players for Orlando Pirates was absent, and Sono was called upon to take his place. With remarkable prowess, he netted two goals for the team, which led to a permanent invitation to join their ranks. His exceptional skills in dribbling and precise passing quickly gained him renown, and an avid supporter of Orlando Pirates bestowed upon him the moniker “Jomo,” meaning “burning spear.” They recognized in him the same qualities of leadership exemplified by Jomo Kenyatta, the president of Kenya at the time. Sono’s talent also took him to the New York Cosmos in the United States, where he showcased his abilities alongside other renowned clubs.
Upon his return to South Africa, he acquired the Highlands Park club, which he renamed Jomo Cosmos as a tribute to his former team. Under his guidance, the club achieved numerous triumphs and accomplishments.
He has an estimated net worth of $10 million.