Kakamega’s Bukhungu Stadium will host to the finals of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom youth tournament to be held from the 22nd to the 25th of March.
The champions from each region will battle for a chance to win Ksh 1 million and the opportunity to go for a training camp in London in April 2018.
“The tournament is a perfect example of how football can be used to open doors for girls and boys from all backgrounds. This programme has given us the opportunity to scout for talented footballers from all over the country.
“Players like David Majak, Fredrick Krop, and Oscar Kengwa have already signed up for Premier League teams while the likes of James Omsinde and John Njuguna have earned call ups to the national under 20 team”, said Nick Mwendwa, President, Football Kenya Federation.
The national finals follow a series of regional contests played across the country. The teams that will represent Nairobi will be known this weekend as Stima Club grounds host the capital’s showdown.
Over 1,600 teams registered for the tournament that begun in September 2017 involving 1,342 boys’ teams and 282 girls’ sides.
“We are very proud to have reached this leg of the tournament and would wish to thank all the stakeholders who have made this possible. We are just days away from finding out who will walk away with Ksh 1 million and the opportunity to go to London to spend some time with English Premier League star Victor Wanyama,” said, Victor Ngumo, Head of Nairobi West region, Safaricom.
Promoting grassroots football
The programme was started with an aim of promoting grassroots football and propelling gifted players into the national team.
“As a company, this is truly in line with our goal of transforming the lives of Kenyan Youth. We wish all the participating teams the very best as they embark on their quest for the ultimate prize,” said Ngumo.
Safaricom has invested Ksh100 million towards the program which includes ksh10 million worth of prizes as well as funds for renovation of select community pitches through a legacy programme.
At the nationals, the girls’ category will be first.
Waa Girls from Coast, who saw off Solwogidi to win the regional final will be up against and Tar Tar from Rift Valley, who pipped Iten United in that region’s final. The clash will be kicking it off at 9am.
The winner in Nairobi region will then take on Arch Bishop Njenga who booked the Western region title after beating Shinyalu while Nyanza champions Plateau Queens who saw offUgari Queens will be up against Ngakaa Talent Academy from Eastern. Ngakaa booked their place after seeing off Sakuu Queens.
Limuru Starlets will have the easiest route to the national semis after failing to secure an opponent with the girls category not played in North Eastern owing to cultural issues.
In the boys’ category, Kapenguria Heroes, who beat Nakuru AllStars in the Rift finals will be up against Eastern winners Mwingi junior Stars who advanced after seeing off Taqwa while Mukumu Boys from Western will be up against Shimba Hills from Coast, the two having eliminated Lugari Blue Saints and Breezeham respectively in their regional finals.
Ombek Red Devils of Nyanza booked their slot with a win over Awendo Academy and with it booked a quarter final slot to face off with Euronuts from Central who saw off Lufa 1 – 0 in the regional final.
Al Hayat from North Eastern are set to play a team from Nairobi and will know their opponents in the national finals after this weekend with the Nairobi finals set for the weekend of 17 – 18 March.