Motherwell’s double strike

IT was two out of two for Motherwell Academy in the Pefa Junior Cup finals day played at the Westbourne on Sunday.
In the U13 final they came from behind to beat FC Mabayibone 2-1 to lift the trophy.
Vuyolwethu Raba gave Mabayibone the early lead but their joy was shorted lived as Liyema Lungu put Motherwell on level terms within three minutes. Minutes later Akhona Lucwaba scored the winner.
In the U17 final, Sive Sondesi scored the only goal of the match early in the first half to give Motherwell Academy a 1-0 win over Callies.
Motherwell Academy was started in N2 by concerned friends Luthando Lubisa, Ernest Makina and Khaya Mpushe. Worried that many youngsters in the area were turning to a life of crime they decided to give the youngsters something to look forward to.
Despite a lack of sponsorship the three friends rounded up a group of mostly 16-year-olds to start the academy with Siyapambili Senior Primary School as their base.
The club was refused affiliation by the local association, but were accepted by city-based Port Elizabeth Football Association.
This meant that while the club trained in the township it had to find a home ground in the city. It currently plays its home games at the Diaz Club in Newton Park.
“It is a costly exercise, but we are determined to see it [starting an academy in the township] through,” said Lubisa. The clubs fields teams ranging from U11 to seniors.
St Georges won the U9, U11 and U15 trophies in the Pefa Cup finals day.

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