Real City kings of Easter clash

GREEN MACHINE: Maranti Vusumzi, of Shining Stars, goes on the attack against Motherwell Academy in the Mofa-Build It Easter Tournament. Stars were beaten by Young Ideas in the semifinals. Picture:  BRIAN WITBOOI
GREEN MACHINE: Maranti Vusumzi, of Shining Stars, goes on the attack against Motherwell Academy in the Mofa-Build It Easter Tournament. Stars were beaten by Young Ideas in the semifinals. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI

Fans galore as ABC Motsepe side beat Young Ideas

REAL City were crowned the winners of this year’s Mofa Big Daddy’s-Motherwell Build It Easter Tournament when they won the final on penalties against Young Ideas on Monday at the NU2 Stadium in Motherwell.

Port Elizabeth soccer lovers braved Monday’s chilly weather to witness a heated final where both teams showed how badly they wanted to win, but failed to score any goals.

Penalties had to be the deciding factor, after the game ended in a goalless draw, and City then won 6-5.

They took home a cash prize of R18 000, gold medals and a floating trophy while runner-up Ideas walked away with R13 000 in cash and silver medals.

Valencia and Shining Stars were each awarded R5 000 for reaching the semifinals. The fifth to eight placed teams each took home R1 000.

More than 30 teams from Motherwell and surrounding areas took part in this year’s tournament.

ABC Motsepe side Real City sailed easily through the knockout stages and beat Milan Stars 3-0 in the last 16.

In the quarterfinals, they thrashed Liverpool 8-0, and then tackled defending champion Valencia City in the semis. A 2-0 win against Valencia set up the final against Young Ideas.

Ideas made it easily into the last 16 and thumped Man United 8-0, and then beat Manchester FC 3-1 in the quarterfinals. The SAB-league side qualified for the final after beating Shining Stars 2-0 in the semifinals.

Tournament director and Mofa vice-president Thanduxolo Ntoni said he was happy with this year’s event and crowd turnout.

“It was full house from the opening games on Thursday, right through to the final game on Easter Monday.

“Despite the cold weather, people still came out in numbers,” Ntoni said.

“The number of fans who came to watch was more than we expected.

“The behaviour of the clubs , both Motherwell teams and the visiting sides, was on point. The crowd made the visitors feel at home.

“The hard work invested by the local organising committee and Mofa into the event paid off, because the tournament was a big success.

“We will start planning to have a much bigger event next year. Since Cape Town teams did not come this year, we want to bring them next year,” he said.

Motherwell Build It owner Sibongile Nkebe said the tournament was a huge success.

“I am very happy with the attendance. We will continue sponsoring this Easter tournament for as long as we are based in Motherwell. Our relationship with Mofa is very good,” Nkebe said.

Zafa Njeya Easter Tournament

Young Professionals, last year’s winners, were beaten 3-2 in penalties by Seven United in the finals after the game ended in a 2-2 draw at Wolfson Stadium in Kwazakhele on Monday.

United walked away with R6 000, gold medals and a floating trophy.

Runner-up Professionals took home R4 000, silver medals and also a floating trophy.

-Vuyokazi Nkanjeni 

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