Carnival City partners With Ayoba-Yo Youth Football Academy to nurture Ekurhuleni talent

Sunday 22 November heralded the dawn of a bright future for soccer in Ekurhuleni with the launch of the Ayoba-Yo Youth Soccer Academy in KwaThema – and Carnival City has kick-started the project with a donation of R125 000.

The project, initiated by former Orlando Pirates; Moroka Swallows; and Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper, Innocent Mayoyo, seeks to develop soccer in the Ekurhuleni region and spot and nurture future soccer stars. The Academy will also offer mentorship and training for other sporting codes, including netball, and will be based at the Phelang LSEN School in KwaThema.

The Academy is a sustainable project with the nominal fees collected from players being re-invested in the constant development of facilities and coaching staff.

Carnival City’s donation of R125 000 will help get the project off the ground with all the training equipment; soccer and netball balls; tracksuits; soccer and netball outfits; t-shirts; sports bags; and whistles.

Social Equity Officer, Godfrey Madonsela, says the opportunity to get involved in the Ayoba-Yo Youth Football Academy was too good to miss. “The Academy will give young footballers – and youngsters who display talent in other codes – from the Ekurhuleni region unprecedented access to top-quality facilities and training and the best coaches,” he says. “We look forward to seeing the talent which Innocent and his team unearth, going on to representing South Africa at the highest level and doing Ekurhuleni proud.”

The team behind the Academy hope that Ekurhuleni’s brightest football and netball stars will flock to their facility and help put the area’s sporting future firmly in the spotlight.

For more information about the Ayoba-Yo Youth Football Academy, contact Innocent Mayoyo by phone on 084 729 1483; fax on 086 696 2361; or email on