Motherwell Academy take top honours at Easter tournament

2018-04-11 06:01
The new MOFA Build It Easter Tournament champions, Motherwell Academy.       Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

The new MOFA Build It Easter Tournament champions, Motherwell Academy. Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

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UNDERDOGS Motherwell Academy proved critics wrong when they edged out the favourites, Valencia, 1-0 in the Motherwell Football Association (MOFA) Build It Easter Tournament finals that took place at Motherwell NU 1 Stadium on Easter Monday.

The high-profile dignitaries who were in attendance included SAFA official Mzimkhulu Fina, SAFA Eastern Cape provincial secretary Isaac Klaas, SAFA Nelson Mandela Bay president Simphiwe MK Mkangelwa and his deputy, Nomonde Makuleni, Zonke Build It manager Nancy Hlekani, Build It owner Sibongile Nkebe and MOFA officials.

Motherwell Academy eliminated Crystal Palace 4-3 on penalties following their goalless regulation time score in their semi-final.

Despite their 2-1 loss in the semi-finals, Young Madrid gave Valencia a run for their money, which dented their confidence going into the final.

In the finals, Motherwell Academy rose to the occasion, defeating the pre-tournament favourites.

Sivuyile Maqethuka guided Motherwell Academy to the 1-0 victory.

The tournament winners, Motherwell Academy, walked away with R18 000, a floating trophy and gold medals.

Special awards were also awarded to Avela Mahambehlala of Motherwell Academy (goalkeeper of the tournament), Melikhaya Borman Nduna (top goal scorer) and Vuyolwethu Billiat Dinge of Motherwell Academy (player of the tournament).

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