Johannesburg - Jomo Sono feels CAF missed a step by not including more "black heroes" in the staging of the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Jomo Cosmos boss, one of South Africa's finest ever talents, expressed his disappointment on his club's official website.
"The only thing that really disturbed me during the AFCON was the
conspicuous absence of our black heroes," said Sono, who was
affectionately called the Black Prince during his playing days, which
included a stint at New York Cosmos.
"Where was George Weah, Roger Milla and the rest? Some of the
best players in the world actually graced the tournament but we didn't
have our own symbols of Africa.
"Roger Milla, whether we like it or not, is a symbol of Africa.
George Weah is a symbol of Africa. Maybe it was an oversight from
whatever or maybe it was the politics that denied these guys the needed
"But I thought their presence could have done our image as a
continent a world of good to have these past heroes at the tournament,
because they invited ex-footballers from other continents.
"I thought Weah and Milla could have been better ambassadors of Africa in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea."
Nevertheless, Sono felt the event - won by Zambia - was a success.
"But overall it was a magnificent Africa Cup of Nations
tournament, brilliant to watch on TV also, I doff my hat to SuperSport,
particularly the chairman Khulu Sibiya, for their excellent coverage of
the tournament. Congratulations to them for giving us a brilliant
tournament in terms of viewing quality
"And to CAF, once more, even in the face of the oversight
regarding our past heroes, I congratulate them for organising a