Lion City win Zonke Build It U/13 soccer tournament

2018-09-26 06:00
Lion City players celebrate their victory. With the players are Zonke Build It managers, Nancy Hlekani and Pierre Marais, and MOFA deputy president, Nomphelo Malahleka, as well as Lion City’s head coach, Mzwakhe Diwy Sam.                                                                   Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

Lion City players celebrate their victory. With the players are Zonke Build It managers, Nancy Hlekani and Pierre Marais, and MOFA deputy president, Nomphelo Malahleka, as well as Lion City’s head coach, Mzwakhe Diwy Sam. Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

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LION City FC dug deep to beat Showvillage United Brothers 1-0 during their 2018 Zonke Build It U/13 Soccer Tournament finals at the Motherwell NU 9 Stadium on Saturday.

The top 16 teams in the Motherwell Football Association (MOFA) Junior League locked horns with each other in front of many children.

City came to the tournament as the two-time champions of the MOFA Junior League event.

The team in red and black was held to a goalless draw by Channel Porto FC in their semi-finals, with City winning 5-3 on penalties.

The favourites, Showvillage, faced Highland Spurs, a side with depth. The game drew 1-1 and had to be decided on a penalty shoot-out. Showvillage won 4-3 to book themselves a place in the finals.

In the finals, Okuhle Matyolweni unleashed a spectacular goal that beat Showvillage goalkeeper, Linothando Mavuso.

The winning goal helped City claim a hard-earned win that made them the three-time winners of the MOFA Zonke Build It U/13 Soccer Tournament. They received a trophy, 16 miniature trophies, a set of kit, kitbag, 16 players’ kitbags, bibs and 16 water bottles.

The runners-up, Showvillage, received 16 miniature trophies, 16 players’ kitbags and 16 water bottles.

Special awards were given as follows:

  • Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Linothando Mavuso (Showvillage), received a Zonke Build It voucher and a trophy.
  • Top Goal Scorer of the Tournament: Iminathi Magoloti (Showvillage), received a Zonke Build It voucher and a trophy.
  • Player of the Tournament: Litha Dlula (Showvillage), received a brand-new bicycle and a trophy.
  • Most Disciplined Team: Motherwell United, received 16 bibs and 16 rulers.
  • Team with the Most Players in a MOFA Build It Squad: Showvillage, received 16 bibs.

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