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Monare – What Jomo Taught Me

Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana midfielder Thabang Monare says his time at Jomo Cosmos and working with the legendary Jomo Sono himself prepared him to deal with everything that got him to the AFCON.  

Monare was at the Africa Cup Of Nations tournament in the Ivory Coast where Bafana finished third, winning the playoff against DR Congo on Saturday.

The 34-year-old played four matches at the tournament despite his selection into the final squad being one of the most criticised ones, as the player wasn’t getting much game time at his club. He says an environment like Cosmos has also helped to build his character, to learn more about himself and other roles he can have in a team.

“Well I’ve also learned a lot and also developed a different kind of character, a different kind of attitude and heart,” Monare told iDiski Times.

“When you are dealing with a coach like Jomo Sono, who will also make you believe in yourself and make you understand your kind of abilities and add parts to your game where you are good at. And this helps to build your confidence, and you get to understand that there are roles that you excel in.

“Most of the time, we just get too hard on ourselves and forget about the roles that we play. In football, we always want to improve so much that we overlook things that we are actually good at. With Jomo, you would learn that you could also appreciate yourself and still work hard to improve yourself.”

You can read Monare’s full interview with iDiski Times senior Velile Mnyandu in edition 140 available when you subscribe on WhatsApp. Sign up FOR FREE to get the iDiski newspaper. Press this link and respond with SUBSCRIBE.

Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago is currently working as a web and newspaper writer for iDiski Times. This award-winning sports journalist covers the Limpopo area and also specialises in coverage of women's football, including Banayana Banyana.