The day of the Grand Finals of the Chapa Dimba tournament has arrived with the national finals scheduled for Kakamega’s Bukhungu Stadium from March 22 to 25.
The young finalists not only have a training camp in London with Kenya’s own football hero Victor Wanyama to play for but each winning side also has a chance to walk away with Sh1 million as an added bonus.
“I am happy that through this partnership with Safaricom, I have the opportunity to motivate young players and encourage them to participate in football and develop their skills.
“I hope my personal journey will inspire the next generation of Kenyan footballers just like my brother MacDonald Mariga motivated me to chase after my dreams. I look forward to meeting young footballers from all over the country,” said the Tottenham Hotspur favourite Wanyama during the launch of the tournament in June 2017.
The first stage of the tournament saw Rift Region playing hosts in November 11 to 12, 2017. The event then moved to Eastern Region at Embu Stadium, Nyanza Region at Gusii Stadium in Kisii County, North Eastern Region at Garissa University, Coast Region at Shanzu Teachers College, Western Region at Kanduyi Stadium in Bungoma, Central Region at Thika Training Grounds and Nairobi Region at Stima Club.
The winners in each region will now contest the final.
In the girls’ category, Waa Girls from Coast will open the day with the first quarter-final match against Tar Tar from Rift Valley, Beijing Raiders (Nairobi) will face Archi Bishop Njenga (Western), Plateau Queens (Nyanza) will battle against Ngakaa Talent Academy from Eastern while Limuru Girls (from Central), are through to the semis after they received a bye.
Mukumu Boys from Western will play the opening match in men’s category against Shimba Hills (Mombasa), Al Hayat (North Eastern) will tackle Nairobi’s Gor Mahia Youth FC, Ombek Red Devils (Nyanza) will face Euronuts (Central) while Mwingi Junior Stars from Eastern will face off with Kapenguria Heroes from Rift Valley.
“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.
Over 1,600 teams had registered for the tournament that begun in September 2017 including 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”, said Mwendwa.
“We are just days away from finding out who will walk away with Sh1 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.
“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,” added Ngumo.
Safaricom has invested Sh100 million towards the program which includes Sh10 million worth of prizes as well as funds for renovation of select community pitches through a legacy programme. The initiative is hosted in partnership with the Kenyan Football Federation.