Jomo Sono has rued that if the Playermaker device was developed during his time he would have come closer to be a successful footballer just like the Brazilian legendary Edson Arantes do Nascimento known as Pelé.
Sono, who played with Pele in his playing career in the US for New York Cosmos, has come up with tech to assist players – Playermaker.
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Playermaker is a smart wearable soccer tracker designed for players aiming to improve their performance by analyzing their stats.
According to iDiski times, the Playermaker sensors are placed directly on the cleats, enabling data capture of player foot-to-ball interactions, whether you play indoors or outdoors.
The Playermaker tracker is trusted by 160+ elite clubs and academies worldwide. It has since been selected as a member of FIFA’s innovation program.
“It is unfortunate that everything came after us and if we had this, I could have been equal to Pele and even better,” said Sono to the SABC about the Playermaker device.
Pele is regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, having won three World Cups with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and 1970 (the only player to do so).
“Sadly, everything comes after us,” added Sono.
“So this device helps a lot to groom players, to track the players.”
Sono then stopped, allowing his son Matsimela to delve more about the device.
“What this does is motion sense technology. It is wearable football technology that goes on to your boot, it is completely comfortable,” the young Sono said.
“It is completely durable. It has a five-hour recording time with a three charging time. The player can see how many times he has passed the ball, how many time has received the ball, the spring leg and kick velocity.
“It really takes all the data that the normality tracking vest GPS cannot give you in terms of distance covered.”
The technology has been used by many top European Premier League teams and academies, such as Leicester City, Manchester City, Liverpool and Bodø/Glimt. It has also partnered with the Rangers, Hull City and Fulham FC.
Mamelodi Sundowns are next in line to adopt the technology and already Themba Zwane and Peter Shalulile are using the device, which has been accepted into FIFA’s New Innovation programme as the first foot-mounted wearable device.
“A week ago it got the FIFA accredited training and we have done a partnership with Manchester City,” added Matsilele Sono.
“They have their own device since they are under Playermaker, as well as the Scottish FA, which is a big youth development and coaching course I went through.
“Dr Sono wants to bring it to Africa to increase further chances of competing on the world stage which he believes this device can do.”