EXTRA TIME: Jomo Cosmos FC owner Jomo Sono meets Raila Odinga

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Sono has also taken a leading role in discovering and developing new football talent, especially from rural areas

Jomo Cosmos owner, Ephraim Matsilela Sono held a meeting with Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga in Nairobi on Friday.

The meeting has left many Kenyans guessing, with rumours rife that the former Bafana Bafana coach could be interested in spreading his sports business into Kenya.

Though there was no information unveiled to the public from the meeting, Raila’s Party - Orange Democratic Movement spokesperson, Philip Etale said the two discussed a number of issues including plans on how to improve standards of soccer in the country.

Raila is also the patron of Gor Mahia. “Raila Odinga today (Friday) hosted a renowned footballer, club owner and administrator from South Africa Ephraim Matsilela Sono at his Capitol Hill office. They discussed on how to partner to improve soccer in Kenya.”

Sono Jomo and Raila Odinga.

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According to unconfirmed reports, Sono wants to buy a club in Kenya and invest in youth programmes. Sono has also taken a leading role in discovering and developing new football talent, especially from rural areas.

Sono ventured into the sports business in 1982 when he purchased Highlands Park club after his career in the United States and renamed it Jomo Cosmos in honour of his old team.

Under his ownership, the club went on to achieve several successes: it won the National Soccer League in 1987, the Bobsave Super Bowl (1990), the Coca-Cola Cup (2002) and the Super Eight title in 2003.

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