Academy retain trophy as final decided in penalty shoot-out

2019-05-01 06:00
MOFA chairman Thobela Dekeda and SAFA Nelson Mandela Bay chairman Simphiwe Mkhangelwa present the MOFA Easter Annual Tournament trophy to Motherwell Academy skipper Anele Baxa.Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

MOFA chairman Thobela Dekeda and SAFA Nelson Mandela Bay chairman Simphiwe Mkhangelwa present the MOFA Easter Annual Tournament trophy to Motherwell Academy skipper Anele Baxa.Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

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MOTHERWELL Football Association (MOFA) Annual Easter Tournament champions, Motherwell Academy, managed to successfully retain their title, after they defeated Young Ideas in the finals at Motherwell NU 2 Stadium.

The full-time score was 1-1, before Motherwell Academy won 5-4 on penalties. Motherwell beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in their semi-final, while Young Ideas eliminated Eleven Stars 2-1.

The finals were full of drama. Ideas broke the ice after their guest striker, Austin Kweru, scored a spectacular goal early in the first half.

Motherwell kept on searching for the equalising goal, but the first half ended with Ideas leading 1-0.

It seemed as though Ideas would dethrone the reigning champions, as Kweru was a threat to the Motherwell defenders. Seasoned midfielder, Bulelani Nongongoma, brought hope to his side after he scored an equaliser following a lapse of concentration at the defence of Ideas. Therefore, the game had to be decided on penalties, with the reigning champions winning 5-4 in the shoot-out.

Motherwell scooped the first prize and gold medals while Ideas settled for the second prize. In the individual awards, Motherwell Academy players, Mbongeni Keita Yako, and Siyabonga Ntonga, won the top goal scorer and goalkeeper of the tournament awards respectively, with their head coach, Vusumzi Stamper, winning the coach of the tournament trophy award.

Eleven Stars’ Buhle Malanga was voted the youngest player of the tournament, while Young Ideas defender, Samson Balekile, won the player of the tournament award trophy.

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